Stratford-upon-Avon – Saturday 25th May 2019

Stratford-upon-Avon must surely be best known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, who is buried in the town and is alleged to have been born and died on the same date – 23rd April.  We have been to Stratford before and it’s a lovely town with more than just Shakespeare to recommend it, although as someone who enjoys his work it is one of the reasons I like to go!  The Waterstones is on the High Street and is set over two floors.

Stratford map

Shakespeare’s grave is situated in Holy Trinity Church at Stratford-upon-Avon and there is a well visited memorial with an amusing rhyme warning anyone against digging up his remains!

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The Swan Theatre and “The Fiddler, the Mandolin Donkey and the Owl” Lamppost

Near The Swan theatre are lots of lampposts which have been donated by different countries.  The image on the right depicts ‘Bottom’ from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Topol as Tevye from The Fiddler on the Roof.  A plaque shows that this one was “A gift from the State of Israel.  

From top left:

Photos 1 and 2 – Stratford-upon-Avon Library, Shakespeare’s Birthplace Museum, gardens attached to the museum

From top left:

The Town Hall, The Jester Statue (artist James Butler), ‘The Old Bank’ (a branch of the HSBC Bank)

Currently reading:  After the Party by Cressida Connolly

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One thought on “Stratford-upon-Avon – Saturday 25th May 2019”

  1. Looks an interesting place. Many moons ago on a trip to London, we were supposed to visit here on the way home but we hit horrific traffic on the way to London (14 hour journey!) that the driver suggested we bypass the visit here in favour of getting home.

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