Castleton, England


‘The King’, Johnathon Haddock, poses for a portrait with the Garland before the procession during Castleton Garland Day in the village in Derbyshire. The first records of Garland day date back to the 1700s and though its true origins are not fully understood, it is believed to be an ancient fertility rite with Celtic connections. The garland is a framework of cut flowers which is prepared on the day by villagers before being placed on the head of the ‘King’, who is paraded around the town on horseback with his ‘Consort’, also on horseback, dressed in Stuart costume.

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