Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Corn marigold

1.  Dunwich buddle = corn marigold (from an ancient local in Dunwich, Suffolk, who sadly has been dead for many years) [e-mail, July 2016].


1. Received from David Thompson, 5 December 2023: ‘I am curious to know who the “ancient local” was who told of Dunwich buddle.  When I was a boy we used to spend a week on the coast at Southwold followed by a week on a relative’s farm a short distance inland and visit numerous relatives in Suffolk.  My great uncle (who lived in Bramfield) rented some grazing marsh near Dunwich and we would go with him … as he wanted to check on his cattle. It involved what seemed like an endless walk.  Our uncle told us of a rare yellow flower (which he claimed had not been seen for years) called Dunwich buddle.  Our walks would result in numerous yellow flowers being taken for him for identification, in the hope that we had found this elusive flower.  Needless to say, every one of our enquiries of ‘Is this Dunwich buddle ?’ when presenting a yellow flower were met with a ‘No’.

2.  Although only one record of the name Dunwich buddle has been received by P-LA, the name is mentioned by F.W. Simpson in his Simpson’s Flora of Suffolk (1982), where he records that corn marigold ‘grows in great abundance around Dunwich and is known locally as Dunwich buddle’.  Martin Sandford and Richard Fisk make no mention of Dunwich buddle in their Folk of Suffolk (2010), but record buddle and golds as being local names for the plant [RV, 7 December 2023].

Image:  sown, Upminster Park, London Borough of Havering; July 2016.