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Swithin (Swithun)

Born: 852 AD
Died: 862 AD, at 10 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Saint


852 BC - Saint Swithun was Bishop of Winchester.

862 BC - Bishop of Winchester.

         - Advisor to Ethelwulf.

         - According to legend, rain on Swithin's feast day of July 15 presages rain for the next forty days.

         - The revival of Saint Swithun's fame gave rise to a mass of legendary literature.

971 BC - His body was transferred from its almost forgotten grave to Ethelwolds new basilica on 15th July and according to contemporary writers, numerous miracles preceded and followed the move.

         - He was moved from his grave to an indoor shrine in the Old Minster at Winchester.


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