Lea Valley Walk: Wheathampstead paintings follow fire

The Swan at Wheathampstead is usually missed by Lea Valley walkers who pass through the churchyard and head for The Bull which is handily on the route.

But the 15th-century Swan is also in the High Street and very near the church. Sadly it has been damaged by a serious fire. The good news is that the occupants including a parrot escaped.

Following a suggestion by the parish priest Richard Banham, the hoardings around the pub have been painted by villagers directed by artist Nick Schon. The panels depict such characters as Abbot John (whose parents are buried in the church) and George Bernard Shaw who lived nearby.

Once the pub is restored the paintings will be removed and displayed around the village.

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