Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The River Lavers has swelled with the meltwater coming off the hills. Signs of new growth are appearing everywhere, from sprigs of wild garlic to a hedgerow festooned with catkins. At the far side of the park, the spring at St Pity’s is in full flow. Drop a penny in the slot and bless yourself with the tears of Mary Magdalene herself, so the legend goes. Of course, only Jasfoup remembers Bishop Steadman having the water pipes laid during the spring of 1856 and commissioning a young Robinson Ellis to write the inscription over the font: “Mille lacrima,” after Catullus.