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  • Lymm is one of the few locations in which the once-common custom of rush bearing still takes place. Back in the days when churches had cold earth floors, the annual […]

    Lymm Rushbearing

    Lymm is one of the few locations in which the once-common custom of rush bearing still takes place. Back in the days when churches had cold earth floors, the annual […]

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  • The Rushbearing custom at Great Musgrave is one of only a handful which still survive; the origins of the custom lie in the days when the church floor would be […]

    Great Musgrave Rushbearing

    The Rushbearing custom at Great Musgrave is one of only a handful which still survive; the origins of the custom lie in the days when the church floor would be […]

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  •   The origins of the Rushcart are similar to the traditions of rushbearing which survives in Cumbia, but which have evolved in a different way. Rushes were gathered for strewing […]

    Littleborough Rushbearing Festival

      The origins of the Rushcart are similar to the traditions of rushbearing which survives in Cumbia, but which have evolved in a different way. Rushes were gathered for strewing […]

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  • Urswick is the setting for an annual rushbearing service at the church, similar to better-known customs at Ambleside and Grasmere. Before churches had paved floors, rushes were strewn to keep […]

    Urswick Rushbearing

    Urswick is the setting for an annual rushbearing service at the church, similar to better-known customs at Ambleside and Grasmere. Before churches had paved floors, rushes were strewn to keep […]

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  •   Before churches had paved floors, rushes were strewn to keep the earth floors sweet and it was common to make a special occasion from their annual renewal. Few such […]

    Macclesfield Forest Rushbearing

      Before churches had paved floors, rushes were strewn to keep the earth floors sweet and it was common to make a special occasion from their annual renewal. Few such […]

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  • The annual Rushbearing Festival at Sowerby Bridge takes place early in September each year and is a revival of an ancient custom. Its origins lie in the tradition of carrying […]

    Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival

    The annual Rushbearing Festival at Sowerby Bridge takes place early in September each year and is a revival of an ancient custom. Its origins lie in the tradition of carrying […]

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  • Rush-strewing festivals were once common in churches countrywide to replace the floor rushes with clean new ones for the summer – few survive and Warcop is one of the places […]

    Warcop Rushbearing

    Rush-strewing festivals were once common in churches countrywide to replace the floor rushes with clean new ones for the summer – few survive and Warcop is one of the places […]

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  • Grasmere celebrates its rushbearing festival currently in mid-July (it was formerly held on the Saturday nearest August 5th). Rushbearing is a ceremony whereby the floor rushes in church were renewed […]

    Grasmere Rushbearing

    Grasmere celebrates its rushbearing festival currently in mid-July (it was formerly held on the Saturday nearest August 5th). Rushbearing is a ceremony whereby the floor rushes in church were renewed […]

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  • The Rushbearing at Ambleside is a traditional religious ceremony, associated with the replacing of floor rushes in the church; such ceremonies are now rare and the one at Ambleside is […]

    Ambleside Rushbearing

    The Rushbearing at Ambleside is a traditional religious ceremony, associated with the replacing of floor rushes in the church; such ceremonies are now rare and the one at Ambleside is […]

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  •   Midsummer is the patronal feast of St John the Baptist on June 24th and many churches with this dedication celebrate in mid June, near the ancient festival of the […]

    Bishops Castle Midsummer Rejoicing

      Midsummer is the patronal feast of St John the Baptist on June 24th and many churches with this dedication celebrate in mid June, near the ancient festival of the […]

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