In Greenwich, there are many gravelled walks.

rakes, brooms, and other tools

A broom is one of the world's oldest cleaning tools. There are many images, traditions and sayings around brooms. A broom is usually made up of a stick and attached straw or stiff, thin, bristles. The bristles on a home broom are usually long, while an industrial or commercial broom may have a wider cross piece with more and shorter bristles. The bristles may be made of natural materials, such as straw or twigs, or synthetic, such as plastic.



"Jumping the broom" in North American slave communities was the equivalent of getting married. "A clean sweep" is used to indicate a fresh start.




  • Russian Translation: A new broom sweeps in a new way.
  • English version (also in Dutch and French): A new broom sweeps clean.
  • Hungarian (translated): A new broom sweeps well.
  • Irish: A new broom sweeps clean, but the old brush knows all the corners.


Brooms are associated with magic and Wicca.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks was a Disney movie in which the protagonists saved England from invasion using a little magic that involved, what else? bedknobs and broomsticks!


a witch on a flying broom



Broom making

  • John C. Campbell Folk School on Broom Making
  • Mother Earth News on How to Make a Broom: An expert broom maker explains the basic steps to making a functional and attractive broom. By Little John Holzwart

Read more: On the movie, Bedknobs and Broomsticks (The author, Mary Norton, also wrote The Borrowers series.)

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