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Hurst Traditions: Boars Head Feast

Find out more about the famous Hurst tradition of the Boar's Head Feast.

The first Headmaster, Canon Edward Lowe, adopted the custom of the Boar's Head Feast from The Queen’s College, Oxford where wild boar were served from 1395. As wild boar became rarer and diets changed their college like other institutions decided to keep what had been a common occurrence and make it an annual tradition. A procession still takes place each year through the darkened cloisters, lined by the entire school, followed by a feast for the choir in the Dining Hall to thank them for all their hard work during the year.

Each year as the choir travels through the cloisters by candlelight they sing The Queen’s College carol:

Caput apri defero

Reddens laudes Domino

I carry the head of a boar

Rendering praises to the Lord

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