SP7709 : “The Dinton Hermit” – Inn sign at Ford near Dinton

taken 19 years ago, near to Ford, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

“The Dinton Hermit” – Inn sign at Ford near Dinton
“The Dinton Hermit” – Inn sign at Ford near Dinton
The man depicted is John Bigg (1627-96), who was clerk to two of the Buckinghamshire regicides of the Civil War – Simon Mayne of Dinton Hall SP7611 : Dinton Hall and its history and Sir Richard Ingoldsby of SP7807 : Waldridge Manor. Both were among those who signed the King’s death warrant. It was their clerk John Bigg who, it is believed, was the masked executioner on that sombre occasion. His subsequent behaviour certainly indicates an unquiet conscience, and the inn sign confirms it by including an axe and skull in the bottom right corner. After the arrests of Mayne and Ingoldsby in 1660, Bigg grew melancholy and adopted the life of a recluse, living in an underground cave at Dinton. He clothed himself entirely in a patchwork of leather, hanging three bottles from his belt – for strong beer, for weak beer and for milk. Most days he would walk the eight miles, past the inn at Ford, to SP8402 : Hampden House and its history to get food from the Hampden family who had been parliamentary friends of Mayne, Ingoldsby, Bigg and the other Buckinghamshire conspirators.
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Date Taken
2004   (more nearby)
Friday, 8 August, 2008
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 777 094 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:46.6831N 0:52.4314W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 778 094
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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