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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

16th July 1993 S van Ruysdael's Winter Landscape sold for 705,500 in London

16th July 1985 Bill to abolish Greater London Council receives royal assent

16th July 1939 Born today: Corin Redgrave, London, actor (Excalibur, Man For All Seasons)

16th July 1924 Conference over German recovery payments begins in London

16th July 1877 Spencer Gore wins the first ever Wimbledon tennis tournament - after 3 days rain delay.go to related location

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Stokenchurch Shoe Tree



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.

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Stokenchurch Shoe Tree

Theres a tree here that people throw their shoes up.


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