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Wassailing the Cider Orchard
Wassailing the Cider Orchard

Wassailing the Cider Orchard 1960


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Wassailing the Cider Orchard 1960

2 mins United Kingdom

Wassailing the orchard dates back to Anglo-Saxon times and varies in content from region to region. Here in Herefordshire we see a winter ceremony in which people make noise to banish evil spirits and rub salt into the branches of the trees. The following year reporter Peter Brown revisits the same Herefordshire orchard to discover if all that hard work in driving out the spirits has made for a better crop.

The Media Archive for Central England is the public screen archive for the East and West Midlands. An independent charity and company based at the University of Lincoln, MACE acquires, catalogues, preserves and makes widely available moving image materials that inform our understanding of the diverse cultures and histories of communities between the Lincolnshire coast and the Welsh border.


Peter Brown


News Non-Fiction


Cider Social customs Apples




United Kingdom



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