ST9526 : Thatched Cottage and Maypole

taken 11 years ago, near to Ansty, Wiltshire, Great Britain

Thatched Cottage and Maypole
Thatched Cottage and Maypole
Ansty is a very picturesque village with a large pond surrounded by the Manor House, cottages and ancient Commandery.

It has been the scene of May Day gatherings for over 1,000 years. The Maypole itself was a gift from the Arundells of Wardour Castle and replaced every twenty years - the present one is keeping with earlier tradition, still has a silver coin lodged beneath the weather vane. It is said that whoever is brave enough or foolhardy enough to climb the pole can keep it.

Originally, tenants of the Wardour estate brought their children to meet each other and dance around the maypole every year. This gathering has continued annually for hundreds of years, except during 1644 to 1660 when Puritan officials removed the pole by government statute.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 17 January, 2007   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 17 January, 2007
Category
Houses > Thatched cottages   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 956 266 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:2.3298N 2:3.8393W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 954 267
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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