The origins of the Rushcart are similar to the traditions of rushbearing when rushes were collected to cover the floor of churches. At Saddleworth, the local Morris side revived the local tradition of gathering the rushes in a two-wheeled decorated cart and bringing them back to St Chad’s Church at Uppermill ; a single “jockey” sits atop the cart which is about 13 feet tall! On the Saturday the cart tours the local villages and on Sunday goes to the church, accompanied both days by around a hundred morris men from all over the country, and of course a band. Expect also to see gurning, wrestling and singing.
On the Saturday the Banner is attached. It is the sole design of that year's Jocky.
The name of the cart is revealed just before the cart is rolled out from behind the Commercial Inn in Uppermill.
This is the 'Roll of Honour'
All the Banners, from previous years are hung in Saddleworth Church over the Rushcart Weekend.
Events - Saddleworth Villages
Rushcart Saddleworth Church 1826 John Holland Painting
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Morrismen dancing at Saddleworth Rushcart
Progressing the Rushcart through Saddleworth Villages