Saddleworth Rushcart

Where: Saddleworth, West Yorkshire - Saturday all around surrounding villages, Sunday procession to St Chad's Church, Uppermill
When: 2nd weekend following 12th August
Time: All day - Sunday service 11am


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 on the church floor and a boundary-walking processional element was common. At Saddleworth, the local Morris side revived the moribund local tradition of gathering the rushes in a two-wheeled decorated cart and bringing them back to St Chad’s Church at Uppermill ; a single “jockey” sits atop the cart which is about 13 feet tall! On the Saturday the cart tours the local villages and on Sunday goes to the church, accompanied both days by around a hundred morris men from all over the country, and of course a band. Expect also to see gurning, wrestling and singing.

Helpful Hints

In 2018 it will take place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August.

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