Posted by: marymarthatours | June 8, 2012

Stratford-Upon-Avon, Stage Right

Stratford is an As-You-Like-It place to visit. And you can make of your visit there, just what you like. You can shop, visit gardens, or attend the theatre. Or, you could start with the sites connected with Stratford’s favorite son, the poet and playwright, William Shakespeare

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The Bard of Stratford upon Avon

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564. The home in which he was probably born and where he spent his early days is now under the care of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. The building has been beautifully restored with 16th century décor representing the period when the young William lived there.

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Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Although Shakespeare made his name as a player and playwright in London, he purchased a large house called New Place in Stratford in 1597. He retired there in 1613 and lived there until he died in 1616. No trace of the building survives today, but the site it occupied is now the New Place gardens, a beautiful and peaceful Elizabethan garden.

Since March 2010, an archaeological dig has been under way at the site of New Place. The dig was set up in such a way that visitors to the site could interact with the archaeologists and volunteers as they worked.

Many of the items found during the dig are on display in the adjacent Nash’s House, another of the SBT properties. This house belonged to Thomas Nash, who married Shakespeare’s granddaughter Elizabeth ten years after Shakespeare’s death. The Tudor building is furnished as it would have been when Thomas and Elizabeth lived there.

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Nash’s House

The third of the Stratford Shakespeare family houses is Hall’s Croft, the home of Shakespeare’s daughter Susannah and her husband, Dr. John Hall. The herb garden there has been recreated to show the garden as it would have looked when Dr. Hall used the plants for his medicines.

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Hall’s Croft

Hall’s Croft is located on Old Town Street just a short walk from Shakespeare’s final resting place at Holy Trinity Church, or the Collegiate Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon, as it is officially named. Shakespeare was baptized in this church and is buried in the beautiful 15th century chancel. Anne Hathaway Shakespeare is buried next to her husband. There is a small fee to view the chancel and the grave, but the inscribed epitaph alone is worth the price

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Holy Trinity Church (photo by Oosome)

William Shakespeare will be the final English author we will encounter on the England in Miniature Tour — and we think we’ve saved the best for last. Your trivia question is: Name the four authors whose sites we will visit on this September’s England in Miniature tour. (The first person with the correct answer will receive a prize in England while on tour.)

(by Martha)

Photo credits: Shakespeare portrait – public domain

   All Shakepeare house photos – Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, used by permission

   Holy Trinity Church – copyright Oosome , licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Attribution- Share Alike License 3.0

For more about Shakespeare’s Stratford: www.stratford-upon-avon.co.uk

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Responses

  1. Wondering exactly where to leave the answer to your trivia question, I’ll give this a try! Authors we will “visit” are Wordsworth; B.Potter; J.H. Herriott; and Shakespeare.
    J. Baier

    • J. Baier,
      You are correct. You will need to wait until the tour to learn if yours was the first correct answer. Folks were able to contact me via several routes. Hope you enjoy more trivia on the tour.
      Cheers, Martha


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