Wednesday, 19 May 2010
Happy St Dunstan's Day!
Today is St Dunstan's Day - the patron saint of, amongst others, silversmiths. He seemed to have a very busy life - he was first Abbot of Glastonbury, then Bishop of Winchester, then London, then Archbishop of Canterbury in the 900s, and worked as a silversmith and jeweller during his time at Glastonbury. I am amazed that so much is known about him still. He's even mentioned in "A Christmas Carol" apparently. If you want to find out more about him visit Wikipedia here!
Dunstan still has relevance today - today is the day that the Assay Offices change the date stamp in the hallmarks, the letter that indicates the year an item was marked.
So, Happy St Dunstan's Day!