Monday, 22 August 2016

Stratford-upon-Avon Part 2

This is part two of my visit to Stratford-upon-Avon. Again, this is photo heavy because I can't help myself. These are just random pictures of the town of things I liked or of significance.

 “O noble fool, a worthy fool – The fool doth think he is wise but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.” As You Like It.

Sir Busker.

The reputed oldest pub in Stratford-upon-Avon called The Garrick. The timber framing dates back to 1400's. Imagine the stories those walls hold...

HSBC Bank has a nice building!
And this is Shakespeare's old school! Isn't it quaint! The whole building reminded me of that rhyme about a crooked man in a crooked house.

Upstairs there is the Master's Chamber, this was where the schools only teacher would live. In the 19th century it became the Prefects Common Room. There is this long table that has been carved with the names of prefects of the school.

Near the ceiling are two Tudor Rose motifs. What is amazing about these are that they are likely the oldest surviving Tudor Roses in the country. They were painted there to show Stratford-upon-Avon's allegiance to the Tudor rule.

And below is the school room, which is still attended by students at the school. The desks are authentic 18th century furniture (though not as old as Shakespeare) and a heavily scarred with graffiti by countless students. I sat at the desk at the front left and wrote some post cards!

And then I toddled off to Shakespeare's church: Holy Trinity. I got some pictures of the outside but wasn't allowed in because the church had been closed off for a wedding. Which, in my opinion, isn't an unfortunate reason to be closed -- it was a beautiful day to be married. Maybe I will go back and see it...

The graveyard had some lovely gravestones.

It looks like a very large church from the outside.

And more punting opportunities.

This concludes part two. I think there will be one more part 3 of Stratford-upon-Avon because culturally there is so much there.

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