Lucky sixpence and Chimney Sweep for Wedding
Many wedding traditions can be traced back through Folklore - with stories and tales being passed down through the generations. There may be a blurring of detail at times - but the heart felt traditions march forward with gusto. One such tradition is for the Bride to walk down the aisle with a sixpence in her left shoe - thought to bring good luck and prosperity!
It is also considered lucky to see a chimney sweep on your wedding day. The origin of that belief evolves from 3 different tales - involving kings, horses, carriages & a stray dog! A curious incident indeed! In 1066 King William of England was enjoying a peaceful walk along a road when an out of control carriage hurtled towards him. Luckily, a quick thinking chimney sweep was able to push the king out of the way, thus overting tragedy. The grateful king declared that chimney sweeps were lucky and commissioned one to attend his daughters wedding. The second tale involves a chimney sweep who fell off a roof and was rescued by an engaged lady who pulled him into her room. They subsequently fell in love an were married - though perhaps not so lucky for her first love! A more recent tale relates to a time in King George 111 reign around the 1800's. He too was saved by a chimney sweep who managed to calm the kings horse after it had been spooked by a stray dog. Whatever the origin - it all makes for a good story!
I have combined these wedding day good luck charms into a gift set for the bride and groom. Available to order here Lucky Sixpence