Jack in the Green on Thames Path

Jack in the Green is ready outside The Dog & Bell in Deptford

The Jack in the Green was on the Thames Path today making its annual May Day appearance.

It is the remnant of a widespread south-east London tradition kept by chimney sweeps whose profits had always dropped by May as warmer weather approached.

An hidden man encased in a frame covered in greenery would dance his way around the streets at the head of a procession as his companions collected money.

Today’s participants are known as Fowlers Troop.

The Troop started out at The Dog & Bell on the Thames Path behind Convoys Wharf in Deptford where the Jack was dressed last night.

Jack in the Green crossing Deptford Creek

Around 12.20pm the procession crossed the new Deptford Creek bridge before pausing outside the new Sail Loft pub.

The procession approaches the Sail Loft pub

 

One of the May Day crowd at the riverside Sail Loft

The Thames Path was followed as far as the Cutty Sark before turning away through the Old Royal Naval College to Woolwich Road.

Approaching the Cutty Sark at Greenwich

 

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