This year's St George's day is quite a special one for me as I have just received my invitation to the citizenship ceremony and as of the 29th of April I will officially be British!
Pledging loyalty to the queen are not just empty words, and so I would love to properly celebrate the National Day of England.
While the Irish St Patrick's and the Scottish St Andrew's seem to be getting much more attention, it is time to party on our national day. You can also vote to turn it into a bank holiday (click here for the poll).
I have booked a table in The Ship's pergola - lovely heated outdoors space. If the weather holds it will be a hoot!
With plenty of outdoors and indoors space, fantastic views real Barbecue (weather permitting), excellent music and great beers, it is one of the nicest London pubs.
I will be there from 6pm, but you can come whenever you finish work and join us. We have a couple of tables booked, so if you want to have your dinner there, you wil be able to do this too.
Fee: The usual admin fee of £3.50 to cover costs and expenses of running the group applies.
St George & The Dragon
The medieval legend of St George and the dragon is over a thousand years old. The tale goes that the dragon made it’s nest by the fresh water spring near the town of Silene in Libya. When people came to collect water, they inadvertently disturbed the dragon and so offered sheep as a distraction.
After time, there were simply no sheep left to offer the dragon and so the people of Silene decided to chose a maiden from the town by drawing lots. When the results were read, it was revealed that the princess was to be the dragon’s next victim. Despite the Monarch’s protest his daughter Cleolinda was offered to the dragon...
However, at the moment of offering, a knight from the Crusades came riding by on his white stallion. St George dismounted and drew his sword, protecting himself with the sign of the cross. He fought the dragon on foot and managed to slay the beast and saved the princess. The people of Silene were exceptionally grateful and abandoned their pagan beliefs to convert to Christianity.
The Ship has been supplying fine ales, wines and food to its surrounding residents since 1786 when it was founded as a Thameside Waterman’s Inn.
On the banks of the Thames by Wandsworth Bridge, it would appear at first glance that this is not the most appealing location, the Ship has however turned it to its advantage.
Its constant attempts to be noticed above the encroaching chaos have led to it remaining one of the most original and endearing pubs in London.
It is famous for hearty traditional, freshly cooked food, great wine, fantastic hand pulled beer and a real sense of being entertained in a vibrant place overlooking the river Thames.
Having recently undergone an extensive renovation, we have a host of brilliant new features of which we're very proud. Our outside area has been completely remodeled with a larger bar, much more space and cosy, sheltered seating booths. We've also extended the restaurant, built two brand new private dining rooms and acquired more toilets. Whether you're new to the Ship or one of our many staunch supporters, we hope you’ll love the changes we've made.
Facts of St George’s life have passed through the centuries growing in legend and myth. However, he must have been some character in his lifetime for his reputation to have survived for almost 1,700 years!
There are many accounts giving what are believed to be the facts outlining the life of England’s Patron Saint. Below are the widely accepted ‘facts’ of St George’s life.
St George was born to Christian parents in A.D. 270 (3rd Century) in Cappadocia, now Eastern Turkey
He moved to Palestine with his Mother and became a Roman soldier, rising to the high rank of Tribunus Militum
However, he later resigned his military post and protested against his pagan leader, the Emperor Diocletian [masked] AD), who led Rome’s persecution of Christians
His rebellion against the Emperor resulted in his imprisonment, but even after torture he stayed true to his faith
The enraged Diocletian had St George dragged through the streets of Nicomedia, Turkey, on the 23rd of April 303 AD and had him beheaded
The Emperor’s wife was so inspired by St George’s bravery and loyalty to his religion, that she too became a Christian and was subsequently executed for her faith
The History of St George’s Day
In 1222 the Council of Oxford declared April 23rd to be St George’s DayIt was not until 1348 that St George became the Patron Saint of EnglandIn 1415, St George’s Day was declared a national feast day and holiday in EnglandHowever, after the union with Scotland at the end of the 18th Century, the tradition diminished and since has not been widely acknowledged and is no longer a national holidayTraditional customs were to fly the St George’s flag and wear a red rose in one’s lapelThe hymn ‘Jerusalem’ was also sung on the 23rd April, or the nearest Sunday to that date, in churches across the nation
The 23 April 1616 was also the date of the death of the English playwright William Shakespeare. UNESCO marked this historic date by declaring it the International Day of the Book.
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