The Saxon name for the Hawthorn was Haegthorn = hedgetree
One of several big hawthorn trees on my meadow.
Several superstitions surround the Hawthorn
Beware the oak, it courts a stroke,
Beware the Ash, it courts a flash,
Creep under the Thorn,
It will save you from harm.
From the mid C17 it was considered unlucky to bring Hawthorn blossom into the house due to the fact that people with the plague had the scent of May flowers about them.
Before that time Hawthorn branches were woven into a globe and hung in the rafters of the kitchen to protect from fire. Taken down when the May flowered the following year it was then burnt and the ashes scattered on the vegetable garden for fertility.