Castles of Nottinghamshire - Mansfield Central Library
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Our Nottinghamshire is a community history website highlighting some of the wonderful characters, places and memories from around our County.
The 2nd of February was an important date in the calendar, being seen as a day which heralded the beginning of the end of the winter period, when days begin noticeably to grow noticeably longer.
A common countrywide belief also upheld in Nottinghamshire warned:
“If Candlemas Day be fine and clear, We shall have winter all the year."
Nottinghamshire has a unique Candlemas custom, associated with the presentation of the baby Christ at the altar. In pre-Reformation England, Candlemas would have included the rocking of a cradle in the service as a visual aid for the congregation, but the custom later died out almost completely.
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