Friday, June 28, 2013
The Bawming of Appleton Thorn
Appleton appeared in the Domesday survey as "Epeltune" and means "the tun where the apples grew".
Even though it has a religious gloss about it, it seems undeniably to have sprung from some earlier, pagan fertility celebration. Though the observation fell into disuse in the early twentieth century, it was happily revived and is observed in June.
I am making a little fictionalized scenario of the Bawming of the Thorn. "Bawming" seems to be a pejorative of "decorating", more akin to "slathering" than adorning.