Drayton Wassailers

Friday 5th January saw our annual visit from the Drayton Wassailers. Traditionally the wassail is celebrated on Twelfth Night (5th January). Anglo-Saxon tradition dictated that at the beginning of each year, the lord of the manor would greet the assembled multitude with the toast waes hael, meaning “be well” or “be in good health”, to which his followers would reply drink hael, or “drink well”, and so the New Year celebrations would start with a glass or two, or perhaps even a drop more! I’m not Lord of the Manor (!) but our good friends from Drayton were in very good voice as they sung outside our front door which was then opened on cue and they all came in for a glass of mulled cider before moving on to the next household. They had about eight or so households to go before ending up in Drayton Crown pub. It was very quiet in Drayton on Saturday morning! Travelling wassailing is pretty rare these days and there are only a handful of groups left in the country doing this wonderful ancient tradition

Posted on: January 10, 2018