11/07/2015 Residents from Grasmere take part in the Rushbearing festivalDownload
© Licensed to London News Pictures. 11/07/2015. Grasmere, UK. Residents of Grasmere take part in the . Rushbearing festival. Rushbearing is an old English ecclesiastical festival in which rushes are collected and carried to be strewn on the floor of the parish church.
The tradition dates back to the time when most buildings had earthen floors and rushes were used as a form of renewable floor covering for cleanliness and insulation.
The festival was widespread in Britain from the Middle Ages and well established by the time of Shakespeare, but had fallen into decline by the beginning of the 19th century, as church floors were flagged with stone.
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