Mothering Sunday

At the end of the month we celebrate Mothering Sunday, which historically falls on the fourth Sunday of lent; it was also known as Refreshment Sunday because fasting rules for Lent were relaxed on that day.

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Traditionally, it was a day when children, mainly daughters, often as young as ten, who had left home to work as domestic servants, were given the day off to visit their mothers and families.

1911 Census listing Anne Roberts, Domestic Servant at Plas yn Llan, Llangynhafal, Ruthin.

1911 Census listing Anne Roberts, Domestic Servant at Plas yn Llan, Llangynhafal, Ruthin.

Centuries ago it was considered very important for people to return to their home or ‘mother’ church once a year. So each year in the middle of Lent, everyone would visit their ‘mother’ church, – the main church of the parish or the nearest Cathedral.

Wishing all Mother’s a Happy Mother’s Day, 30th March 2014!

Photographs are taken from the G F Wynne collection, which is held at Denbighshire Archives. This collection includes records of the Minera Mining Company and personnal papers.

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One Response to “Mothering Sunday”

  1. madcarew Says:

    Good to hear the correct explanation of Mothers Day rather than the modern commercial angle, Well done!

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