On July 8th in Swynnerton, Bert Beswick officially opened the small housing development he has given his name to. Built by Lord Stafford’s Estates, Beswick Green is named after two long serving employees; Bert, 82, and the late Rudd Green. Bert worked there as a gardener for 68 years (he still mows the grass part-time) and Rudd Green was a gamekeeper for 55 years before his death in 2012.
“This is one of the proudest moments of my life,”
said Bert at the opening ceremony.
“I feel very thrilled and honoured to be opening the new housing and I’m only sad that Rudd Green can’t be here too. We were good friends.”
Bert regaled Lord Stafford, members of Swynnerton Parish Council and village residents with anecdotes from his time working for the Stafford family. In 1952 all the estate staff travelled in three railway coaches to London for the wedding of Lord Stafford’s late father, Basil, to his mother Morag.
“We were all entertained at the Savoy Hotel and I drank champagne for the first time – rather different to the Joules ales I was used to,” he joked.
Over the years, he has met visitors to Swynnerton Hall ranging from racing drivers Jackie Stewart and Nigel Mansell to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. Overlooking picturesque countryside, Beswick Green is a courtyard development of 21 cottages, houses and apartments blending traditional architectural style and craftsmanship with twenty first century convenience and energy-saving features.
The properties, which are exclusively for rent, are being let fast, but as of late July, Lord Stafford’s Estates advised that three were still availabl (os of July 25th):
• 2 bed apartment
• 2 bed terrace house (affordable housing)*
• 2 bed apartment (affordable housing)*
*Affordable housing applicants must be from Swynnerton Parish, in need of housing and unable to pay the full level of rent.
For more details please contact: Russell Poole on 01782 796593.