Oak Customs in Western Somerset

This story is taken from "The English Illustrated Magazine" 1888, published by Macmill and Co.

The article "Somerset" was written by Richard Jeffries with illustrations by J.W. North.


In his travels through Somerset, the writer came across a tall of oak lying against the porch.

The bark was dry, and the leaves were shrivelled, but the bough had been originally taken green from the tree.

The boughs are discovered against the door on the morning of the 29th May, and are in memory of the escape of King Charles from his enemies by hiding in an oak tree.

The village ringers leave them and then go to the church and ring a peal, for which they expect cider or a small coin from each loyal person honoured with an oak branch.