September Facts

By Terry John Autumn at Bluestone

We are now in the 9th month of 2016! Can you believe it? The summer is over and now the leaves will soon be turning golden.

If you have been to stay with us at Bluestone then you might have had the pleasure of meeting our very knowledgeable local historian Terry John. On a Thursday and Saturday Terry hosts a historical walk around the resort which is free for our guests to enjoy.

The area around Bluestone and the resort itself is layered with brilliant stories and history and Terry knows about most of it!

We caught up with him to find out some interesting facts about September to celebrate the start of the new month.

Did you know?
  • September is traditionally the month in which the harvest is completed and is regarded as the herald of autumn.

  • To the ancient Romans however, it was the seventh month of the year, not the ninth, so was given the Roman word for seven, Septem. They believed that Septem was presided over by Vulcan, the god of fire and forge, so it became associated with fires, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

  • To the Anglo Saxons, September was Gerst month, the barley month, in which the barley crop was harvested to make the barley brew.

  • In 1752, 14th September was also the day which caused riots in London. Up until that time, Britain had followed the old Julian calendar, which was based upon the solar year, the time in which it takes the earth to rotate around the sun. It proved to be an inaccurate system as it was fractionally too long and over the years the difference built up so that it fell out of line with the seasons. By the middle of the 18th century there was an eleven day gap between the two systems, so Britain joined with the rest of Europe by adopting the Gregorian calendar. This meant that, in order to effect the change, the 2nd September had to be followed by 14th September, abandoning the dates in between.

  • The fourteenth day of September was also customarily the day on which children were given the day off from school in order to go out into the countryside to gather nuts and other autumn fruits.

To find out more interesting facts book your break to Bluestone and join Terry on his complimentary walk around the resort!

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