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The Penny Hedge

The Penny Hedge

Named after the old Whitby ceremony of The Penny Hedge, it's a reminder of the Whitby of yesterday. With beautiful fragrances of sea salt, amber and driftwood it really does remind you of rolling waves, a sea breeze and searching for hidden treasures on the beach...this candle carries the unmistakable marine fragrance of Whitby.....

Every year at 9 o'clock of a morning on the eve of Ascension Day, a special ceremony takes place in Whitby. There amongst the squelchy harbour mud and the seaweed, the ceremony of the Horngarth or the Planting of the Penny Hedge takes place.

Under the watchful eye of the Bailiff of the Manor of Fyling, nine upright hazel stakes are driven into the mud with a special mallet that is as old as time. Nine 'yethers' (pliant branches) are then intertwined, followed by 'strout-stowers' at each end to brace it and a brushwood infill at the lower end of the stakes.

Completion of this unique ceremony is followed by 3 blasts on the ram’s horn, after which the Bailiff let's out a cry of “out on ye” 3 times. The hedge must be strong enough to withstand three tides.

160g soy wax

Approx 30 hours burn time

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