Appleton and Appleton Thorn

Appleton and Appleton Thorn


Appleton is home to Warrington Golf Club which is situated on a hill.

The main road which runs through this area links Warrington Town Centre with the M56 motorway.

Schools in the area : Bridgwater High , Broomfields Primary School, Grappenhall Hayes Primary School , Cobbs Infant and Nursery School. Also some children go to school in Grappenhall, feeder schools can change so please check.

Appleton Thorn

Each June, the village hosts the ceremony of “Bawming the Thorn”. The current form of the ceremony dates from the Nineteenth century, when it was part of the village’s “walking day”.It involved children from Appleton Thorn Primary School walking through the village and holding sports and games at the school. This now takes place at the Village Hall. The ceremony stopped in the 1930s, but was later revived by the then headmaster, Mr. Bob Jones in 1967. “Bawming the Thorn” occurs on the Saturday nearest to Midsummer’s Day. Local schoolchildren dance around the tree.

“Bawming” means “decorating” – during the ceremony the thorn tree is decorated with ribbons and garlands. According to legend, the hawthorn at Appleton Thorn grew from a cutting of the Holy Thorn at Glastonbury, which was itself said to have sprung from the staff of Joseph of Arimathea, the man who arranged for Jesus’s burial after the Crucifixion.

Appleton appeared in the Domesday survey as “Epeltune” and means “the tun where the apples grew”.

There is a thriving Village Hall and a local pub The Appleton Thorn.