St. Clement – the patron saint of blacksmiths, killed in the 4th century by being thrown into the sea, tied to an anchor. November 23rd is the feast day of St. Clement. If you happen to be a blacksmith you should be parading around the countryside carrying an effigy of ‘Old Clem’ and collecting alms (‘clementing’) for the feast. Now subsumed into Guy Fawkes and Halloween celebrations apple-bobbing hailed from the St. Clements Day activities. Clementing Cakes – St. Clement’s Tartlets – were traditionally sold at the Berkshire Clementide Sheep Fair, where sheep, one imagines were also sold.An updated post (the original was posted in November 2008) with a new photograph; showing the rustic (i.e. rough and ready i.e. I cant really do ‘dainty’) little tarts.
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