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Roses of Picardy


Roses of Picardy a melody well-known worldwide, emerged during the first world war.
It was composed by M. Haydn Wood.




The Song

"Roses of Picardy" is the title of the song created during the first world war, which has acquired an international reputation. It was sung in English, French, German and performed by talented musicians around the world such as Yves Montand, Tino Rossi, Franck Sinatra, Sidney Becket. It has been translated in Picard patois, the local dialect.

According to the legend, the song tells the story of the meeting a British soldier and a woman native of the Picardy region. Music was composed by M. Haydn Wood in 1916 and the lyrics were written by an English lawyer: M. Frederic Edward Weatherly.


Rose of Picardy song


The flower

A flower was designed also by a famous Englishmen: Mr. David AUSTIN in 2004. This is a rose, pink-red with yellow stamens. It was baptized at the Valloires gardens by the Duchess of Gloucester for the centenary of the Entente Cordiale.

The sweetbriar is a wild rose, with an ancient origin. There are several varieties in the world. The English term “sweetbriar” would be a distortion of the French word "bruy√®re" (cousin shrub of rose hips).

Rose Picardy, flower

Rose of Picardy


The Sculpture

The Picardy rose is wood-carved since 1860 in Picardy. The rose with large stalks and leaf veins adorns the Picardy sideboard of Vignacourt.

There are several models of this low sideboard in the region but this rose is an emblem sculpted for our village. You can find more details on this link: Vignacourt sideboard.

Rose of Picardy, woodcarved

Rose of Picardy woodcarved