The day is said to date right back the sixteenth century where people would go 'a-mothering', returning to their 'mother' church for a special service held on Laetare Sunday normally at a large local chruch or the nearest Cathedral. As time went on Mothering Sunday became a day when domestic servants had a day off to visit their mothers and other family members.
Creamware Teapot with 'Miss Pitt' fishing. Staffordshire c.1765. £ 1,150.
From Simon Westman, Grays Mews.
|Simnal Cake & Recipe from www.dianasdesserts.com|
‘I’ll to thee a Simnell bring
‘Gainst thou go’st a mothering,
So that, when she blesseth thee,
Half that blessing thou’lt give to me.’
Robert Herrick 1648
|Victorian Gold Flower Earrings. c1880. £675. From Jo Elton & Ollie Gerrish.|
|Vintage Flower Earrings. From Linda Bee in Grays Mews.|