Hamswell House can be found perched atop the southern slope of the Swainswick Valley, in a region fabled to have once hosted the exiled Britannic King, Bladud. Working temporarily as a swineherd, he noticed that his pigs would wander off and bathe in some nearby warm muddy springs in the winter. After himself bathing in the murky spring water, he found he was cured of leprosy. Later, after his elevation to the kingship, Bladud returned to found the city of Bath!
This historic country house had its foundations laid early in the 16th century, and one of Dick Whittington's descendants, Robert Whittington, purchased the lease to the house as far back as 1543. After 79 years of paying rent on the lease, his grandson William Whittington bought the house and estate, and subsequent generations of the family owned Hamswell House for over 300 years.