A service via Zoom to commemorate William Winterbourne who was hanged at Reading Gaol for his part in the Swing Riots 190 years ago on this day.
The programme of events is as follows:
A general introduction and background to Swing and its progress from Kent to Kintbury:
A live walk around the churchyard, video using phone, showing the site of the Old Vicarage where Fulwar lived, with a picture of the house at the time, and then to Fulwar's grave which is on the other side of the church from William's, ending at William's grave.
Laying of the country nosegay by the stone and reading.
Introduction of the scriptural message on the bottom part of grave followed by a talk about William’s part in the riots; weeping at his trial in Reading; Fulwar Craven Fowle’s visit to him in the jail before his execution & the last minute reprieve for his friends.
Midday: clock strikes followed by prayer and one minute's silence.
Introduction to the sentencing document followed by “Witness of the hanging”.
A summary the history of events.
“Ballad of William Winterbourne” performed by Jeremy Jones.
If you would like to watch the service on Zoom please contact Jenny Veasey at [email protected] for details on how to join the service.