Paul Hawkins Fisher, the Stroud historian, recorded in 1871, that a maypole had existed at Paganhill from time immemorial. Every year, on Whit Monday, the inhabitants either erected a new maypole or smartened up the existing one with fresh paint, and hung it with garlands. Local children then danced around it on the Green (now part of the grounds of Upfield), in a ceremony which has ancient, pagan origins.
On 20 May 1804, there was a tragedy when a stay-rope broke and the maypole fell down, killing two children.
By tradition, the maypole was 84 feet high, but the current one, erected in 2004, is 60ft and made of fibreglass.
The tradition of dancing round the maypole in May was revived in 1999.