It’s August, and that means there’s a bank holiday! This particular holiday was introduced in 1871 and was originally intended to give bank employees the opportunity to participate in and attend cricket matches.
Why are they called bank holidays? It was liberal politician and banker Sir John Lubbock who authored the Bank Holidays Act of 1871, which bought these public holidays into effect. Initially, there were four days known as St Lubbock’s Days.
Why cricket you may be wondering? It was rumoured that Sir John Lubbock was so keen on cricket he chose the bank holiday dates to fall on the days when village matches were played in his home county!
The August bank holiday was moved to the last Monday in August for England, Wales and Northern Ireland under the Banking and Financial Dealings Act of 1971. This was because it clashed with the traditional two week shut down that many companies undertook in the summer. In Scotland, it remains to be the first Monday in August.
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