Sunday, 16 October 2011

Corn Dollies at Siddington Church, Macclesfield

Welcome to the harvest festival

A different route and an interesting sign post found a hidden gem.
Siddington Church Macclesfield

A church harvest festival in a Cheshire village. We were the only people here. So quiet, yet so alive with vibrant colour.
Harvest pumpkin characters

Fun faces, flowers in pots and garlands. Rows of vegetables and displays of fruit.
Hops decorating a door

Carefully placed with love and attention.
Harvest vegetables

Harvest church display

hint at what lies within peers over the church door. Still so eerily quiet, we lift the latch and step in.

Church door decorated for harvest

Corn Dollies
Inside the church our eyes are full of gold. Corn maidens keeping the spirit of corn happy after harvest time and through the winter time.
Siddington church decorated with corn dollies
Corn dollies everywhere, intricate shapes decorating walls, pews, lights, hand crafted and cared for. 
Corn dollies
So many! But why and who made them?

Corn dollies and flowers

Bird on a church lamp
Outside in the still light we found a secret path to a beautiful cottage and garden.

Cottage garden in the autumn
Church path

I met an old lady here on the path who told me about the history of the corn dollies and how they were made by one man, She told me she came here every year to see the display. I turned around to ask her more but she was nowhere to be seen.
Siddington Churchyard

{All Saints Church - Siddington, Macclesfield. The corn dollies are made by craftsman Raymond Rush}


greenthumb said...

Wow what a find, those corn dolls look fantastic.

Victoria said...

Thank you for sharing these photos, they have given me some ideas for my autumn table decorations for my next Supper Club. It looks like you had a lovely day.

The Damaged Cuckoo said...

What wonderful photographs, I'm so glad you discovered this hidden treasure and decided to share it with us, thank you.

Country Rabbit said...

How Wonderful what a delightfully lovely post that church looked amazing!!!!! x what a treat, my daughter has her church harvest festival this week ;0)x

Mrs B said...

crikey me! Thats amazing....and a little spooky, no?!


Toffeeapple said...

What a marvellous post! So many Harvest Festivals now have cans of beans and other processed goods instead of what should really be displayed. My chapel in Wales always had huge loaves of bread too, made in the shape of sheaves of corn or wheat. Very interesting read about Mr Rush, I might just invest in some of his books. I used to make Corn Dollies about thirty years ago, I think I shall investigate supplies to make more. You have truly inspired me, thank you so very much.

Andrea @ little buckles said...

I love your adventures especially with so much history and tradtion...if not a little spooky! :)

Hannah said...

They didn't decorate by halves, did they?! How incredible!

Anonymous said...

Lovely photos,I agree,spooky!xxx

Anonymous said...

Where was this church? Absolutely fabulous wheat art.

Happy Homebird said...


It's All Saints Church - Siddington, Macclesfield. Do visit if you ever get the chance.

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