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If you’re sick of chocolate at Easter, an outing to St Bartholomew the Great in Smithfield at 11.30am on Good Friday (18 April) will introduce you to a tasty charitable tradition.

If you’re sick of chocolate at Easter, an outing to St Bartholomew the Great in Smithfield at 11.30am on Good Friday (18 April) will introduce you to a tasty charitable tradition. Since 1887, when law publisher Joshua Whitehead Butterworth donated £22 and 10 shillings, the church has held an Easter ceremony offering financial assistance to widows, as well as a hot cross bun (any children tagging along also got a toasty treat). The Butterworth money formalised an existing custom, where the St Bart’s warden would place 21 new sixpences on the gravestone of a wealthy bachelor for needy women in the parish, with widows given preference. Now the focus is mainly on hot cross buns – and everyone gets a taste on Good Friday.
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