Saturday, May 29, 2010


..Oakapple Day!

To be honest I'd never hear of the phrase before, but happened to be reading the Times today and they made mention...

Oak Apple Day, or Royal Oak Day, was a holiday declared by parliament to celebrate the restoration of King Charles II in May 1660.

"Parliament had ordered the 29 of May, the King's birthday, to be for ever kept as a day of thanksgiving for our redemption from tyranny and the King's return to his Government, he entering London that day."

The reason I'd never heard of it before of course was because it was repealed in 1859 - shame!!

Loads more information here - - ever one to jump on a bandwgaon, I wholeheartedly and shamelessly used the day as an excuse to have a pint of good English ale - here's to His Majesty!


  1. The King God bless him.

    My wife has always had a soft spot for Charles II mainly because he reopened the theatres.

  2. I think that "Midsomer Murders" had an episode a while back where "Oakapple Day" was a major feature of the program.

    -- Jeff

  3. And you need an excuse to have a good British ale? Having said that I think I'll join you and crack open a bottle of Batemans Dark Lord (named after one of the commanders from the battle of Winceby).

  4. Excellent choice, Grimsby!! :o)