Today marks what the Medievals called "Midsummer Day" in commemoration of the martyrdom of John the Baptist. Celebrations in rural English villages included the lavish decorating of the village well. This then became the focal point for music recitals and Morris Dancing throughout the day. As the traditional carol asserted:
When bloody Herod reigned king,
Within Judea's land,
Much woes his cruel will did bring,
By bloody fierce command.
Amongst the rest with grief oppressed,
Was good Saint John there slain,
Who on this day, 'midst sport and play,
A martyred death did gain.