Oak Apple Day


                                                           
Today is Oak Apple Day.


The beautiful gates of Worcester's Guildhall were being festooned with (rather droopy) boughs of oak this morning.
A piper and a drummer were playing a merry 17th century tune and this sign had been erected.


"Parliament had ordered the 29 of May, the King's birthday, to be for ever kept as a day of thanksgiving for our redemption from tyranny and the King's return to his Government, he entering London that day."
Samuel Pepys  1st June 1660

Worcester was a royalist city during the civil war hence its motto fidelis civitas - faithful city. We have a museum called The Commandery all about the civil war.  All those pubs called The Royal Oak refer to the oak Charles II hid in. This clip will tell you all you need to know about Charles II 'the king who brought back partying'


I picked some oak leaves but couldn't find any oak apples.







Monarchy in the UK
Go Queen!



Even more information here at Royal Oak Day

Comments

  1. Ha ha, I love the Horrible Histories link Sue - the children and I sing that one all the time! Happy Oak Day x

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    1. They're all so fabulous aren't they. The Vikings are my absolute favourite. I'm afraid I have it on my mp3 player

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  2. I rushed past the Guildhall this morning, on route to toddler group, and wondered what oak apple day was all about. Thank you for enlightening me!

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    1. I wish I'd had time to go and see the exhibition but alas my car park ticket was about to expire.

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  3. I love all those oak leaves (one of my favourite leaf shapes and I haven't yet mastered it with a crochet hook!) and the bit of history about King Charles II. That Samuel Pepys was quite a guy - one summer I read his diary... in the end his "antics" became a bit of a bore!
    I like the idea of Oak Apple Day though and love things like this!
    Have a good week!

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  4. Although politically I lean towards the Roundheads....every other fibre of my being shouts CAVALIERS, and Charles Two is a favourite of mine. Fancy that, Oak Apple Day; if this were the States it's be a national holiday!

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  5. Must tell my daughter about this one .... she just loves the King Charles 11 song. I can't believe how much information she retains from this programme, she often amazes me with historical facts, 'how do you know that?' I ask her ' it was on horrible histories' is the standard reply!

    Thanks for sharing 'Oak Day' with us.
    Fleur xx

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    1. Yep, Katie's the same. Horrible Histories is quite simply the best thing on tv.

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  6. I love the horrible histories - the party king is the girls' favourite, but like you I'm rather partial to the Vikings - that slo mo bit with them striding across the beach at the beginning - and I'm also quite a fan of the kings and queens song. Anyway your mention of the Vikings in your reply to Pipany, brought this to mind -

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTJEtMSuMqg

    Hope the link works

    I like the idea of Oak Apple Day.

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    1. Hej! tack for the Ikea song. As you know I love all things norse.

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  7. Hmmm doesn't look like it does ... I think if you cut and paste it gets you there. Sorry!

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  8. Well, I learn something new every day. I am going to pick some leaves from the tree next door, if I can reach them!

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  9. Ah yes, had forgotten about Oak Apple Day but remember now celebrating it when I worked in a school near Worcester MANY years ago. They were crazy for it and celebrated religiously. Maybe we should campaign for a Bank Holiday to mark it next year?!

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  10. Havr you visited THE oak at Boscobel? You can buy saplings from it too! Oak Apple day is noted in Castleton as part of Garland Day but it falls on an inconvenient day this year so I can't go along.

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    1. No I haven't but how wonderful to be able buy saplings from The Royal Oak.

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  11. Should you be at a loose end on Friday morning at 10am then mosey over to Elmley Castle (near Pershore) for a lovely celebration of Oak Apple Day involving the village schoolchildren dancing round the maypole in the beautiful village High Street.

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  12. My 14 year old is currently going down memory lane with a rendition of all the above songs..She retains all the facts learned from Horrible Histories!

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  13. God, but we love Horrible Histories, and Charles II is one of our favourites. I know all the words to that song, every last one. It's about the only thing that makes me a monarchist.

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    1. I Don't mind admitting I know every word of Literally and The Georges.

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  14. My entire historical knowledge is gleaned from HHs.
    But sadly they have not yet done a programme on Oak Apple Day. So now I can credit a weeny bit of my history to you! Ta and happy Wednesday, Ax

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  15. Anonymous8:14 am BST

    www.royaloakday.org.uk

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    1. Thank you for this link. What a marvellous site. If you click on the traditions page you find a picture of Worcester's Guildhall.

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    2. I will add it to my post so that people can click through to it.

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  16. Yay! I am a staunch royalist too - I would have copped for it back in the 17th century no doubt. Thanks for the dip into history - love them!

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  17. I didn't know this, how interesting, thanks for posting. I think history and importantly, tradition, is the basis of worthwhile development, not it's hindrance.

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