Commemorating Oak Apple Day in Northampton

Published: Friday, 26 May 2017

Oak Apple Day will be commemorated in Northampton by a special ceremony in the town centre.

On Monday, 29 May, Northampton will celebrate the generosity of King Charles II who donated over 1,000 tons of timber to reconstruct All Saints Church and halved the town’s taxes for seven years following the Great Fire of Northampton.

Each year, the town remembers this act on Oak Apple Day, which marks the restoration of the monarchy when Charles II came to the throne on 29 May 1660. The name reflects the then future King’s famous hiding place in 1651, when he sought refuge from his roundhead enemies in an oak tree following the battle of Worcester.

During the ceremony the Lord Lieutenant Mr David Laing, will read a prayer before the statue of Charles II that stands on the portico of All Saints Church will be wreathed with a crown of oak leaves by Mayor of Northampton, Councillor Gareth Eales.

Councillor Gareth Eales, Mayor of Northampton, said:  “We have participated in Oak Apple day in Northampton for many years and it’s an honour to be part of such an historic tradition. Everyone is welcome to come along and join us for the toast, so I hope to see people there.”