St Bartholomew's Day


St Bartholomew's Day
(24 August)
   Every 24 August, the Mayor of Sandwich visits St Bartholomew's Hospital (Almshouses) at Sandwich, Kent, and attends a memorial service for the Hospital's founders, and one of the sixteen residents is chosen as 'Master' by sticking a pin in a list of names. Then the local children race round the building and are rewarded with a bun each. The ceremony's date of origin is not known, but there was once a dole of bread, cheese, and beer and the bun race is probably a modified version of this.
   ■ Kightly, 1986: 202-3; Wright and Lones, 1940: iii. 49-50.

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