This painting was commissioned by Roland-Egerton Warburton of Arley Hall to depict the revival of the ancient ceremony of 'Bawming the Thorn' on the occasion of Roland's marriage. 'Bawming the Thorn' is a unique annual ceremony at the village of Appleton Thorn, near Warrington. On or near to St Peter's Day, on 29th June, local children decorate or 'bawm' a special thorn tree with red ribbons and garlands of fresh flowers. The ceremony began when Adam de Dutton, medieval lord of the manor, planted a sprig of the Glastonbury Thorn (said to have sprung from Christ's crown of thorns).
Where to see this painting?
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
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