Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Holy Trinity Church (or to give it its full title The Collegiate Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity), standing proud on the banks of the Avon, is famed above all else for being the burial site of William Shakespeare.  Like everything else in Stratford-upon-Avon it is Shakespeare who dominates here.

However, lovers of the Bard should not overlook the church itself which is spectacular and very large and so handsomely sited on the riverside that even without it's famed internee it would be well worth a visit.

A church was first built here in wood around 845, but the current building was begun around 1215. The tower was rebuilt around 1330. The porch was added in the 1500s and the interior of the church has gone through a number of "refittings" over the centuries. A wooden spire was added to the church in 1675 and replaced with the current stone one in 1763.

Shakespeare's grave is right next to the High Altar, and his monument (much smaller than you expect) is on the wall to the left. For some reason the Church Wardens have decided not to allow any photography inside the church, something which I'm sure visitors who've come on a pilgrimage to the home of the Swan of Avon don't appreciate very much at all.  All in all the monument to our Will in Southwark Cathedral is much more satisfying and worthy of the "Man of the Millennium".

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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