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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th January 1973 Born today: Crispian Mills, London, vocalist/guitarist (Kula Shaker)
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Stokenchurch Shoe Tree
Theres a tree here that people throw their shoes up.
Location: Wycombe Road, Stokenchurch, Middle
Description: There's a little ash tree by the side of the road here that has loads of pairs of shoes thrown up it.
A local tale surrounding the tree suggests newly-wed couples would tie together one shoe each and throw them over the tree's branches to aid fertility.
It is believed this practice has pagan origins, and has been carried on by a handful of people.
Another more sinister explanation is that the shoes were thrown up as a ritual in witchcraft to put a hex on an unfortunate individual.
Tagged in this Tour: Quirky London