Look back to past of community hub

IT was interesting to read that St Clement’s Church is seeking to become ‘a hub of community activity’, and the mention of the Swan.

When St Clements was a Catholic church in the 16th century much community activity was found there including plays, pageants, harvest dinners, dancing, music, games and drinking (Bid Ales, Scot Ales and Church Ales).

During the Reformation these activities were transferred to the Church House on the boundary of St Clement’s. The Church House was eventually licensed to become the Swan.

A history of the Swan is due to be published in three weeks.

DAVID RUSSELL

Kenilworth Road

St Leonards