The Rushcart tradition, derives from Rogationtide. A medieval practice in which parishioners would process around the parish once a year, bearing rushes. They would arrive at the parish church and place the rushes on the floor of the church, to replace worn-out rushes. In modern times the ceremony is practised only in parts of northern England.
Saddleworth is a valley in the Pennine hills between Manchester and Leeds.
Rushcarts are an old tradition in the region, but died out in the early 20th Century. In 1975, the Saddleworth men again built a cart, and one has been built each August since.
This is a photographic record of the 2013 Saddlworth Rushcart.