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St. Swithins Cottage

Hinton Road

Hurst

Reading

Berkshire

RG10 0BP

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Now probably Berkshire's finest B&B but once upon a time it was.........


This section of the website is going to be an ever evolving narrative in the hope that those who stumble across it will email me with corrections, additions, pictures, maybe even videos. So please, please feel free to add your own thoughts and comments.

Now where shall we start this epic journey - I wonder? I know let's start with the chap himself St. Swithin!

St. Swithin's Day is 15 July, a day on which people watch the weather for tradition says that whatever the weather is like on St. Swithin's Day, it will continue so for the next forty days.

There is a weather-rhyme is well known throughout the British Isles since Elizabethan times. When St. Swithin's tomb was opened in 971, 40 days of rain were reported to have occured, hence the rhyme to the right and here he is calling upon the rain!

St. Swithin's day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St. Swithin's day if thou be fair
For forty days 'twill rain nae mair.'

Where...

dost = does

thou = you

nae mair = no more.


So who was St. Swithin?

St. Swithin (or more properly, Swithun) was a Saxon Bishop of Winchester. He was born in the kingdom of Wessex Saxon Winchester and St. Swithin. The principal or capital town of Wessex was Winchester. Prior to Egbert's reign, Kent, with the see of Canterbury, as well as London, was under the control of Mercia. The most famous churchman of his reign was St. Swithin, Bishop of Winchester. Little is known with certainty of the life of St. Swithin, Egbert made him responsible for the education of his son and heir Ethelwulf. St. Swithin was buried at Winchester Cathedral in 862, where a shrine was built around the tomb, his death is recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Here we have St. Swithin in stained glass at Winchester Cathedral. and educated in its capital, Winchester. He was famous for charitable gifts and building churches.

Why do people watch the weather on St. Swithin's day?

A legend says that as the Bishop lay on his deathbed, he asked to be buried out of doors, where he would be trodden on and rained on. For nine years, his wishes were followed, but then, the monks of Winchester attempted to remove his remains to a splendid shrine inside the cathedral on 15 July 971. According to legend there was a heavy rain storm either during the ceremony or on its anniversary.

This led to the old wives' tale (folklore) that if it rains on St Swithin's Day (July 15th), it will rain for the next 40 days in succession, and a fine 15th July will be followed by 40 days of fine weather.

However, according to the Met Office, this old wives' tale is nothing other than a myth. It has been put to the test on 55 occasions*, when it has been wet on St Swithin's Day and 40 days of rain did not follow.

What symbols are associated with St. Swithins?

The emblems of St. Swithin refer to the legend of the forty days' rain (raindrops) and the apples from the trees he planted.

Apples and St. Swithins Another ancient image of St. Swithin.

"St Swithin is christening the apples"

Brand, Popular Antiquities, 1813, i, 342



There is an old saying when it rains on St. Swithin's Day, it is the Saint christening the apples.

Apple growers ask St. Swithin for his blessing each year because they believe: copied from projectbritain.com

  • Rain on St. Swithin's day 'blesses and christens the apples'.

  • No apple should picked or eaten before July 15th.

  • Apples still growing at St Swithin's day will ripen fully.

  • The ancient granary of St. Swithins Cottage!Now let's move onto me; my name is Dean Milroy and I moved into Hurst and St. Swithins House, which is next door to St. Swithins Cottage, in 1990.

    In 1995 I acquired the land surrounding St. Swithins Cottage and that's when I took this picture of the Granary to the side of St. Swithins Cottage garage. I know in the past, quite a far distant past I may add, that St. Swithins Cottage was a bakery to the village and hence the requirement for a granary in which the grain was stored, safely out of reach of rats, to make the bread.

    Bizarrely between then and March 2004, when St. Swithins Cottage came into my hands, I also lived for a couple of years in St. Swithins Court, Twyford. So I have gone from the house to the court to the cottage - spoooooooky some may say but there obviously must be some darned affinity between myself and that Right Honourable fine upstanding SaintGood old Gordon Gyle slaving away in the boiler house December 2000! the Mr. St. Swithin!

    Both my sons started their education in our village school which won the UK Primary School of the Year award in 1995. They are now continuing their education as polite, caring & thoughtful young gentlemen but it was this village that gave them the springboard in life.

    The Green Man has of course played a major part in my life and many good friends have been made there. (The picture to the left is a very industrious Gordon Guile slaving away in The Green Man's kitchen back in December 2000).

    When I arrived back in This time it's Simon Guile, Gordon's son, manning the pumps in The Office as we locals have termed it and again this is back in December 2000! 1990 the then Landlord was Alen Hayward. He later moved on and Alf Morgan took over; well actually his daughter and son-in-law Sharron and Peter Cullverhouse did. Then Gordon (king of the eyeliner) and Simon Guile (pictured to the right, again back in December 2000, is "in the office" of The Green Man as it is affectionately termed by us locals) took over the reigns for some 11 years before handing over to the new Landlords and, unfortunately, the pub has never been the same since.

    Before Allen Hayward I know that Cliff and Allison Lukeman had it and before them it was their parents. The furthest back I can go Green Man Ole Crew - anybody know anybody here?, which was probably just before Cliff and Allison's parents time, is to a gentleman wonderfully known as Alf Hucker (truly fabulous name!!!!) and his partner or wife who was just affectionately known as Scotty to then owner of St. Swithins Cottage Betty Owen (maiden name Hicks).

    As for this picture to the left with The Green Man "Old Crew" well I have no idea as to the date of it but as it looks like pictures taken from the time of my Great Grandfather I can only suspect it to be very early 1900's.

    Any reasonable guesses as to the date would be gratefully received. As would any names of the people in the picture above. So answers on a post card please!

    A painting of The Green Man before 1900. And to our left we have a painting of our famous pub all the way from a Mr. Joe Jackson in the USA who is researching his mother's family genealogy and reports that the 1901 Census states that a Walter William Wicks, Joe's Great Grandfather, was a Beer House Keeper and Carrier who was staying at The Green Man Inn while they were building the Swan Inn which I think was opposite the Hurst pond?

    The following photographs were very kindly given to me in 2009 by Gareth Owen the son of Betty Owen, whose maiden name was Hicks and is mentioned above. They show the house and articles from around 1945 onwards when the Owens' purchased it as a derelict property. Then Betty's brother-in-law, who was a builder, resurrected St. Swithins Cottage. Thank you Gareth.

    Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by Betty Owen's family, in particular her son Gareth, who all lived here from 1940. Kindly supplied by David & Elizabeth Chalmers when they bought St. Swithins Cottage in 1966. Kindly supplied by David & Elizabeth Chalmers when they bought St. Swithins Cottage in 1966. Kindly supplied by David & Elizabeth Chalmers when they bought St. Swithins Cottage in 1966. Kindly supplied by David & Elizabeth Chalmers when they bought St. Swithins Cottage in 1966. Kindly supplied by David & Elizabeth Chalmers when they bought St. Swithins Cottage in 1966. Kindly supplied by David & Elizabeth Chalmers when they bought St. Swithins Cottage in 1966. Kindly supplied by David & Elizabeth Chalmers when they bought St. Swithins Cottage in 1966. Kindly supplied by David & Elizabeth Chalmers when they bought St. Swithins Cottage in 1966.



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