SD9905 : Commercial Hotel. Uppermill

taken 10 years ago, near to Uppermill, Oldham, Great Britain

Commercial Hotel. Uppermill
Commercial Hotel. Uppermill
The Commercial Hotel public house, located in the centre of Uppermill, is seen here during the Rushcart Festival that takes place in August every year.

The building on the right is SD9905 : Uppermill Methodist Church

Saddleworth Morris Men LinkExternal link revived the Rushcart as an annual festival in 1975 to become the first of many in the area.
The rushes are taken from the surrounding moors (with the blessing of the National Trust) and built onto a two-wheeled cart in a slightly conical shape thirteen feet high weighing about two tons (if it doesn't rain). 'Feathers' at each corner are formed from bolts or bundles of rushes each about four inches in diameter held in place by metal rods.
The bulk of the cart, which can be seen on the left in the picture, is built from loose rushes; they are not tied on. When completed, the whole structure is trimmed to give a smooth appearance on each side.
Two Rowan branches are fixed to the top and, on Saturday morning, the front is dressed with a decorated banner.
A man chosen from the ranks of Saddleworth Morris Men sits astride the Rushcart for the day, supplied with ale in a copper kettle.
The Rushcart is then pulled through the Saddleworth villages off Delph, Dobcross and Diggle by morris men invited from all over Britain and, sometimes, from overseas. 150 men pull on the "stangs" fixed to strong rope which, in turn, is fixed to the cart.
SD9906 : The Saddleworth Rushcart 2008
SD9905 : The Saddleworth Morris Men
SD9905 : Saddleworth Rushcart Festival
SD9906 : Rushcart arrives in Dobcross
SD9906 : Dobcross Square
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Date Taken
Saturday, 23 August, 2008   (more nearby)
Saturday, 23 August, 2008
Public house > Public house   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 997 058 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:32.9786N 2:0.3147W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 997 059
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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