Archive | July 15, 2019

St Swithin’s Day (15 July) 2019

 

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St. Swithin’s day if thou dost rain

For forty days it will remain.

St. Swithin’s day (15 July) if thou be fair

For forty days ’twill rain nae mair.

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If it rains on St. Swithin’s day then it will continue to rain for a further forty days.

Hurray!  Hurray!  It was sunny and hot hot hot in Urmston today! (24 degrees).  Hopefully we will have another nice Summer.

St. Swithin was a Saxon Bishop of Winchester and was originally buried (at his request), in a humble outside grave at Winchester.

9 years later the monks at Winchester moved his remains to a magnificent shrine inside Winchester cathedral on 15 July 971. Legend says that during the ceremony it began to rain and continued to do so for forty days.