Appleton Thorn is a village within the borough of Warrington in Cheshire, England, with a population of around 2,000.

The village has St Cross Church, the Thorn Inn, a village hall and a primary school. There are about 500 houses in the village and it is growing all the time as more houses are built in the area. The village post office and general store closed in Autumn 2000 which were a sad loss to the village.

Each June, the village hosts the ceremony of "Bawming the Thorn". The current form of the ceremony dates from the Nineteenth century, when it was part of the village’s "walking day". It involved children from Appleton Thorn Primary School walking through the village and holding sports and games at the school. This now takes place at the Village Hall. The ceremony stopped in the 1930s, but was later revived by the then headmaster, Mr. Bob Jones in 1967. "Bawming the Thorn" occurs on the Saturday nearest to Midsummer’s Day. Local schoolchildren dance around the tree to celebrate, and many festivities are then held at Appleton Thorn village hall.

Some useful links:
Appleton Thorn Website

Appleton Thorn - Wikipedia Page

Appleton Thorn Village Hall

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