Castleton Garland Day

On Oak Apple Day (29th May) each year, Castleton, Derbyshire, ostensibly celebrates the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660. The Garland King and his consort dress in Stuart costume, but it is thought that the custom’s origins probably lie much further back in time. The Garland King may be a sort of Jack-in-the-Green or Green Man figure and this could be a May Day ritual that has been moved from its original date. (I took these photos while making my 1-hour documentary film The Pagan Year in the mid-1970s.)


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