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Easter gardens – 3

Posted on by royvickery |

Easter gardens, which depict the Easter story from the crucifixion to the empty tomb, are a common decoration in Anglican churches.  The one here, photographed on 31 March – Easter Saturday – is in Holy Trinity Church, Upper Tooting, London Borough of Wandsworth.

Does anyone know when the preparation of such gardens first started?

Response:  Cecil Hunt, in his British Customs and Ceremonies: When, Why and Where, 1954, seems to suggest that Easter gardens were then considered to be a recent innovation: ‘The Easter Tomb and Easter Garden are to be found in an increasing number of churches, though not yet claiming the wide acceptance of the Christmas crib’.

Updated 21 April 2022.

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