The curate of St Mary’s Church, Ely reported that young people attending services on Sunday evenings were reading novelettes and ‘making eyes at each other’. Three ladies complained their maids were offended by young men whispering beastliness into their ears. Officials should sit at the back of the church and find the offenders, who would be prosecuted.
From The Cambridge Evening News 1907. Thanks to the magazine of the Ely Parish Church for that blast from the past.