- Ambleside rushbearing
- Not quite so well known as neighbouring *Grasmere, Ambleside, Cumbria, keeps its own version of the rushbearing custom. On the Saturday nearest St Anne's Day (26 July), villagers process to the St Mary's church with men carrying pointed rush pillars, about eight feet tall, while children carry rush and flower constructions (the 'bearings') in the shape of harps and so on. A hymn is sung at the market-place, and a sermon preached in the church. Gingerbread is distributed afterwards. A description published in 1892 shows there has been little change in the form of the custom since that time.■ Hogg, 1971: 96-7; N&Q 8s:2 (1892), 141-2.
A Dictionary of English folklore. Jacqueline Simpson & Steve Roud. 2014.
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