Saddleworth Rushcart { 38 images } Created 21 Aug 2022

The Saddleworth Rushcart procession on 21 August 2022 at St. Chad’s Church in Uppermill, Saddleworth near Oldham.
In the Middle Ages rushes were gathered for strewing on the church floor and a boundary-walking procession was common. At Saddleworth, the local Morris teams revived the 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. The cart tours the local villages and on Sunday goes to St. Chads's Church accompanied by around a hundred Morris men from all over the country.
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