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29 March 2013

Attend the Widow’s Buns Ceremony

Each Good Friday in East London pub The Widow's Son, a ceremony marks the passing of another year, referencing a legend of the widow who formerly lived in a cottage on the site, and awaited the return of her sailor son on Good Friday 1824, an occasion for which he asked his mother to bake him some hot cross buns.

The son never returned, and his mother continued to bake Hot Cross Buns every Good Friday, and leave them waiting for him. Today, sailors attend each Good Friday for a ceremony in which a new bun is added to a net above the bar.

For more, see http://spitalfieldslife.com/2012/04/06/the-widows-buns-at-bow-2/

^Picture © David Anstiss used under a Creative Commons license^

1 comment:

  1. I knew I'd heard of this place before...


    Ade Edmondson was there only last week (Ade in Britain on ITV).

    Really enjoy catching up on the blog. Good work. :)