St Bartholomew’s Day 24 August is forty days after St Swithun’s Day on 15 July.
Is summer coming to an abrupt end?
All the tears that Saint Swithun can cry,
Saint Bartlemy’s dusty mantel wipes dry
Canterbury Cathedral once had the arm of St Bartholomew. The relic was given in about 1030 by the Archbishop of Benevento in a deal sponsored by Queen Emma who later gave St Valentine’s head to Hyde Abbey.