Friday, 29 May 2009
Oak Apple Day .
Today is 'Oak Apple Day', on this day in 1660 the people of England and Ireland celebrated the restoration of the monarchy. After Oliver Cromwell's rule , Charles II ascended the throne.
The name of the day is significant in the fact that during the Battle of Worchester in 1651, Charles had hidden in an oak tree to escape the Roundheads. That particular tree is long gone , as I'm sure many souvenirs were plucked from it's bark over the years. However the area and in particular the house where it was situated is Boschebel House which can be seen in the photo.
May 29th was also the King's birthday and to commemorate these two events the people wore sprigs of oak leaves.
In 1660, Parliament declared 29 May a public holiday:
"Parliament had ordered the 29 of May, the King's birthday, to be for ever kept as a day of thanksgiving for our redemption from tyranny and the King's return to his Government, he entering London that day." Samuel Pepys.
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