- (accidental)Various objects were thought to have magic power to preserve a house from fire if hung from the rafters or placed in the roofing, for example eggs laid on*Ascension Day and a hawthorn twig gathered on the same day, and buns baked on *Good Friday. *Houseleeks growing on the roof were protective too. As one of the dangers of thunderstorms is that lightning may strike a building and set it alight, the various plants and objects listed as warding off *thunder are also, indirectly, protections against certain types of fire.
A Dictionary of English folklore. Jacqueline Simpson & Steve Roud. 2014.
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