“Bonfire”, how did it originate?

Bonfires are held by scouts and girl-guides around the world, years in and years out but the origin of the bonfire is not really known to many. Here is a chance for them to learn how it came about.


Nowadays one has to wait until the last surviving relative of someone buried in a churchyard has died before one can relocate gravestones or disturb any grave, but in the Middle Ages it was the practice to dig up the bones after about twenty five or thirty years and put them into the charnel house.

When the charnel house became full, the bones were taken out and burnt on a bonefire, which later became bonfire.

This also comes from the book by Tony Wootton and Gwen Zanzottera titled “By Hook or by Crook”. I will continue to share them with you by instalments. Hope you enjoy reading them.


One thought on ““Bonfire”, how did it originate?

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