One green bottle

The tale of not ten green bottles but just one.

Plus a wander further afield in the midst of today’s weather-reminder that winter isn’t over yet!

If you do play the video you will hear me say that John Wood Senior and Junior – architects of Queen Square, the Royal Crescent and the Circus – are buried in Swainswick Church – despite the fact they are more associated with the city centre.

Kirsten Elliott

Historian and publisher Kirsten Elliott told me:

‘As regards the Woods being buried in Swainswick – I think, though I can’t prove it, that this was a holding exercise until Wood the Younger had built the church he planned at the back of the Royal Crescent, which was to have a family vault.

A pre-Second World War aerial view of the Royal Crescent with St Andrew’s Church behind.

Only he never built it, instead, it was Gilbert Scott who built St Andrews described, rather tactlessly, by Pevsner as happily bombed – though I can see his point. 

This is what I’ve written in a book which one day I may finish. 

On the green behind the Crescent, the plans show that Wood intended to build a chapel for the use of Walcot. 

In the deeds it says that Wood himself was to have a burial plot 14 feet square – that is, just over 18 square metres, for the use of his family.  This may explain why his father has such a plain stone, tucked away in a dark corner of Swainswick church.

Probably, Wood intended to make this a family tomb, bringing his father’s coffin here so that both father and son would lie right beside their marvellous creation. Instead, they lie together in Swainswick.

Thanks for that Kirsten.