Tuesday, 15 March 2011


We broke the journey to the Midlands last weekend with a brief walk around Stratford (which included a very good Cornish Pasty).

Royal Shakespeare Theatre - the present theatre opened on 23 April 1932 on the site of the original Shakespeare Memorial Theatre which had been destroyed by fire on 6 March 1926. The architect was Elisabeth Scott. It underwent a major revamp and has only recently reopened.

Clopton Bridge over the Avon. The masonry arch bridge has 14 pointed spans and carries the A3400 road over the river. It was built in 1480, financed by Hugh Clopton of Clopton House, who later became Lord Mayor of London.

View across the canal basin where the Stratford upon Avon Canal joins the River Avon. The signpost shows distances to London and other cities via the canal network. The Gower Memorial is in the distance.

The Gower Memorial in Bancroft Gardens shows Shakespeare seated and flanked by life-size statues of Lady Macbeth, Prince Hal, Hamlet, Henry V, and Falstaff, representing Philosophy, Tragedy, History, & Comedy. The memorial was sponsored by Lord Ronald Sutherland -Gower, who presented it to the town of Stratford in 1888.

The half-timbered house where William Shakespeare was born. It was originally two houses, the part on the left was the family home where he was born in an upper room in 1564. The part on the right was the workshop and shop where John Shakespeare (William's father) made and sold his gloves.

The Victorian Gothic style clock tower in Rother Market (Rother is Anglo Saxon for cattle with long horns). It was given to the town by an American, George W. Childs of Philadelphia and this is why, half way up, on two corners there are American eagles and on the other two corners there are English lions. And if you look at the point above each of the clock faces there is a fairy from Midsummer Night's Dream.

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