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St Bartholomew's Day


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(24 August).

Every 24 August, the Mayor of Sandwich visits St Bartholomew's Hospital (Almshouses) at Sandwich, Kent, and attends a memorial service for the Hospital's founders, and one of the sixteen residents is chosen as ‘Master’ by sticking a pin in a list of names. Then the local children race round the building and are rewarded with a bun each. The ceremony's date of origin is not known, but there was once a dole of bread, cheese, and beer and the bun race is probably a modified version of this.

Kightly, 1986: 202–3;Wright and Lones, 1940: iii. 49–50.


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