Newark Penny Loaf Day and Bombshell Sermon

Where: Newark-on-Trent, Notts at St Mary Magdalene Church off the Market Place in Church Walk
When: Sunday nearest 11th March
Time: 11am


Hercules Clay was a resident of Newark-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire during the time of the Civil War; for three nights in a row he dreamt of his house burning and he took this as an omen, moving out just before the house was indeed damaged by fire in the siege. In gratitude for his family’s escape, he left funds in his will to found a charity dole of penny loaves for distribution to the needy on the Sunday nearest the anniversary of 11th March. Nowadays the special bread-themed service still takes place with Alderman Clay’s Bible on the altar; local dignitaries process to church from the Town Hall and small loaves are distributed to local charities for the homeless.

Helpful Hints

Alderman Hercules Clay’s house was next to the Town Hall – it’s now a  bank and has a rectangular plaque to commemorate him under the large bow window.

In 2018 it will be on Sunday March 11th.

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