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Money Does Grow on Trees?

WCF-2828.jpgThe recent post on stiles prompted one of our subscribers to remember part of an old nursery rhyme:

There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile;

Her comment reminded us of a sight that we have seen several times while on some of the more popular walks in England, … money trees.

The first time we encountered a felled tree with coins hammered and bent into the wood, we assumed it was a one-of-a-kind find. Then we came across others. Some were covered with dozens of coins, and others so heavily covered that there was scarcely any room for more coins.

It seems that, according to legends that date back to the beginning of the 18th century, if a sick person stuck in a coin into a tree, their illness will be gone. Someone who pulls out the coin though, will become ill.

WCF-2901.jpgMore recently it seems that people hammer coins into felled trees for good luck, similar to tossing a coin into a fountain, or dropping a penny down a wishing well. From the looks of some of these trees, it would seem that there are many lucky folks out there, though a bit poorer perhaps.

And the entire nursery rhyme:

There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile;
He bought a crooked cat which caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Too cool. Did you come across all of these in person or are some of them images of a “money Trees in England” google search after finding a couple? What neat folklore to have stumbled upon.

  2. How delightful to remember an old poem. My father used to say, “money doesn’t grow on trees.” I’m so glad I have at last seen what I envisioned to be the contrary! Thanks for your wonderful wandering!!

  3. Gotta try it! Haven’t felt so good the last couple of days!

  4. Interesting and also very beautiful.

  5. Very Cool. I hope you are Both doing well and having a wonderful time at your new location. Thanks for keeping us updated with your travels and awesome photos! We love seeing them. Take care and be safe. Love, Brian and John

  6. Typical Yorkshire folk .. You can never get money out of them !!
    Very odd people indeed ..

  7. Never heard of or seen such a thing.

  8. Now for a crooked cat! 🙂

  9. This is crazy wonderful.

    1. So much! ^_^

  10. That is the coolest!

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