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Grovely! Grovely! and all Grovely!"proclaim the inhabitants of Wishford, Wiltshire

Grovely! Grovely! and all Grovely!'proclaim the inhabitants of Wishford, Wiltshire


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Grovely! Grovely! and all Grovely!"proclaim the inhabitants of Wishford, Wiltshire

Grovely! Grovely! and all Grovely!" proclaim the inhabitants of Wishford, Wiltshire, during the Oak Apple Day procession from the village to Salisbury Cathedral. The custom, part of the celebrations held each year on May 29, commemorates an old-established right of the villagers to collect firewood from the neighbouring forest of Grovely. At one time the villagers danced from Wishford to the Cathedral. Now, the six-mile journey is made by coach. Outside the Cathedral a traditional dance is performed. There the villagers process up the aisle where, before the High Altar, they proclaim, " Grovely! Grovely! and all Grovely". Here, women of the village wearing traditional dress, are seen bearing above their heads oak faggots gathered from Grovely woods. The women commemorate the memory of a Grace Reed of Barford St. Martin and her companions who in the Nineteenth Century stoutly defended the rights of the villagers. June 1959 P005052

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This print captures a moment of tradition and community spirit in Wishford, Wiltshire. The image showcases the Oak Apple Day procession, an annual celebration held on May 29th to honor the villagers' historic right to collect firewood from the nearby forest of Grovely. In this snapshot from June 1959, we see women dressed in traditional attire proudly carrying oak faggots above their heads. These faggots symbolize the long-standing connection between the villagers and their beloved Grovely woods. The women's determined expressions reflect not only their dedication to preserving this age-old custom but also pay homage to Grace Reed of Barford St. Martin and her companions who valiantly defended these rights during the Nineteenth Century. Once a lively dance from Wishford to Salisbury Cathedral, today's journey covers six miles by coach due to changing times. However, it does not diminish the enthusiasm felt by all as they make their way towards the cathedral for further festivities. Upon arrival at Salisbury Cathedral, amidst its grandeur and history, the inhabitants gather before the High Altar where they joyously proclaim "Grovely! Grovely! and all Grovely!". This heartfelt declaration echoes throughout both space and time as a testament to their enduring bond with nature and cherished traditions. Preserved within this remarkable photograph is a glimpse into a vibrant past that continues to shape present-day celebrations in Wishford—a testament to community unity rooted in respect for heritage and shared values.

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