St Swithun

Swithun was Bishop of Winchester in the ninth century for ten years and knew King Egbert of Wessex.  The story goes that when he died he asked for his body to be buried outside the church where the rain from heaven could fall on it.  When he died on 2nd July 862 his wishes where granted.  However, Ethelwold the new bishop decided that his body should be moved into a shrine in the Cathedral it wasn’t until 15th July 971 that his bones were finally moved and it then rained for the next 40 days.

Poor Swithun, a humble holy man whose feast day has now been taken over by superstition over the unpredictable British weather.

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