A beadle is someone who works at a church or a Jewish synagogue and helps the clergy. A beadle's main job is to show people to their seats and to keep order during church services.
Like many words that describe a person's job, the word beadle can also be used as a last name.
Images for kids
19th-century beadle with mace (staff)
Mr. Bumble, a beadle in Oliver Twist, by 'Kyd' (Joseph Clayton Clarke)
The Esquire Bedell of the University of Cambridge, carrying one of the university maces
The Ceremonial Bedellus of Glasgow Caledonian University carrying the university's ceremonial mace