Saturday, October 25, 2008

King Bladud's Pigs in Bath

Here's the story behind Graham's picture of the pig he saw in Bath.

The year is 863BC. Bladud, King of the Britons and father of the unfortunate King Lear who was immortalised by Shakespeare, had spent much of his youth studying in Athens where he contracted leprosy.

Returning home and realising that an imperfect prince could not inherit the throne, he left the royal palace in disguise to take a job as a swineherd in an "untravell'd part of the country". And you can read the rest of the story and more about the pigs in Bath here:

King Bladud's Pigs in Bath is a public art event to celebrate Bath, its origins and its artists - and provide residents and visitors with artistic enjoyment. Over one hundred decorated pig sculptures were on display from 19 May throughout the summer around Bath and beyond. The pigs have now all gone from the streets.

They will be auctioned off on October 31st for the benefit of the Two Tunnels Project.

The SING FOR LIFE pig was called Goldie and stood in the Abbey Churchyard. This pig was sponsored by Goldies Sing For Life


Rosi Crane said...

Bath - the city where the buskers are all classical musicians and who dress up in Georgian costume to match the buildings.
It's also the city where you can still find a genuine 'Palm Court Trio' playing during afternoon tea at the Pump Rooms.

daharja said...

Bath is beautiful. I just wish it weren't quite such a tourist mecca. But that's what you get when a place is so lovely, I guess.

I'd love to go back, and spend more time prowling. Next time I'll check out the pigs!