Time Travel in Swynnerton

Time-travel-copyThe audience at St Mary’s Church Swynnerton were transported through the village’s history from Saxon times to the present day at an evening of time-travelling tales and music on November 14th.

In the first half, historical re-enactors Alan Rawlings, Margaret Thompstone and Madeline Rawlings treated the audience to revelations about Tudor dress – down to the use of the codpiece!

After coffee and mince pies, Alan captivated the audience with his dramatised accounts of his researches into village history.

In the 14th century, village knight Thomas de Swynnerton, having fought in France alongside the Black Prince who captured King John II of France at the Battle of Poitiers in 1356, guarded the King in the Tower of London.

To preserve the King’s hostage value, he was later moved to other places of captivity, including Thomas de Swynnerton’s own castles at Swynnerton and Eccleshall. Here, King John was so well treated that on his release, he showed his gratitude by making endowments to the churches in both places, Alan revealed.

The time travelling was interspersed with historical songs from a vocal group and duets on the ukulele by Swynnerton youngsters Matt and Pat Latham.