Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Holy Trinity Church, Stratford

This is the rear of the Church and is the first glimpse that we got  as we approached it by way of the River Walk.

Why did we visit - because this is the place where William Shakespeare was buried in 1616.

It is also the Church where he was baptized.

There was some beautiful masonry work in the Church.

There were plenty of stained glass windows but, being quite high up and at an angle they were difficult to photograph.

The colours and  intricacies of the work was amazing.

I'm sure that this painting is from the 1970's it has that feel about it - Jesus Christ Superstar era!

Back to those lovely windows.

There has been a Church on this site since 713 apparently when a Saxon Monastery was built on the site and the current Church dates from 1210!

The front of the Church. There is a knocker on the door referred to as the Sanctuary Knocker and anyone touching it could claim sanctuary in the Church for 37 days.

 William is not the only member of his family to be buried here.  His wife, Anne and other members of the family are buried here. This bust on the Church wall was erected in 1623 by his wife and friends.

 We were in Stratford for 4 days and went to see many of the historic sites. It was lovely to visit in January as  I'm sure that in only a few months time the place will be heaving with tourists.
We came back home late on Saturday as we had Our Daughter's Birthday Party on Sunday.
She had so enjoyed seeing "Narnia - Voyage of the Dawn Treader" at the cinema and wanted her friends to see it - the local cinema is small and not one of those big multiplex ones.
We phoned on Saturday to see that everything was O.K. to be told that the projector was broken!
So we had to phone around and tell everyone that the party would be at our house and that we would probably watch Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang.
However, on Sunday morning the cinema rang to say that the projector was thankfully fixed!
After "Narnia" we all headed off to our local Pizza Express for food and cake and then it was all over for another year.

Until next time.


1 comment:

  1. Such lovely post, June. I always enter the church when visiting a foreign city.
    Have a happy Wednesday! xx


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