Happy Oak Apple Day!

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In 1651, Charles II had an amazing escape from the Battle of Worcester to the safety of the continent.

He stayed at many places along the way, including the famous oak tree at Boscobel.

Dorset, too, has a number of incredible stories surrounding the King’s escape. Here in Broadwindsor, Charles holed up in the ‘best room’ of the old Castle Inn while commonwealth troops were billeted around him.

When a camp follower went into labour in the narrow kitchen, Charles made his escape while the soldiers and parishioners argued about who was going to look after the baby.

He was restored to the throne in 1660. The day he returned to London – 29 May, which was also his 30th birthday – was celebrated as a holiday.

Visit the Dark Dorset website for more information about Oak Apple Day.

One thought on “Happy Oak Apple Day!

    Rosemary Addy said:
    March 8, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Love reading about Lush Places in the People’s Friend magazine

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