THE CITY Stratford-upon-Avon is a market town and civil parish in south Warwickshire, England. It lies on the River Avon, 22 miles south east of Birmingham and 8 miles south west of Warwick. It is the largest and most populous town of the District of Stratford-on-Avon.Stratford has Anglo-Saxon origins, and grew up as amarket town in medieval times.The original charters of the town were granted in1196, making Stratford officially over800 years old. The name is a fusion of the OldEnglish strǣt, meaning "street", and ford,meaning that a Roman road forded the River Avon atthe site of the town.
RIVER AVON It’s a river that flows throw the countries of Leicestershire, Northamptonshire,Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire in the Midlands of England. It’alsoknown as the “Warwickshire Avon” or “Shakespeares Avon”, it has been divided since 1719 into the Lower Avon, below Evesham, and the Upper Avon, from Evesham to above Stratford-upon-Avon.
Shakespeares BirthplaceThis building is located in HenleyStreet and its the house where itis believed that WilliamShakespeare was born in 1564and spent his childhood years.It has been restored in the 16thcentury and now it’s a smallmuseum open to visitors.Moreover the State owns itsince 1847. The building is not outstanding architecturally and typical of the times was constructed in wattle and daub around a wooden frame. In the house everyone can see a lot of work objects of Shakespeare’s dad, John, who was a glove maker and wood dealer. There’s also the first William’s work.
NEW PLACENew place was Shakespeare’s last residence before his death in 1616.Built in 1483 by Hugh Clampton, the future Mayor of London, it was the second biggest dwellingof London and it had a lots of owners. The first was the famous english poet WilliamShakespeare: he bought it in 1597, but he didn’t move into unitl 1610. After his death, the housepassed to his daughter Susan Hall, and then to his granddaughter Elizabeth Hall respectively.Afterwards during 18 TH century it passed to Reverend Francis Gastrell, who decided to demolishit in 1759 and finally in 1891 the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust bought the property.
At the end of Chapel Street, next to New Place, youcan find Nashs House. This house belonged toThomas Nash, who in 1626 married Elizabeth Hall,Shakespeares granddaughter. This house is one of the five Shakespearean properties and now is in use as a museum. Inside you can see many beautiful pieces of antique furniture, contemporary to the period of the building (17th century). If you want to visit it, its open to public: ✔ from November to March – from 11am to 4pm ✔ from April to October – from 10am to 5pm
HALLS CROFTThis building is located closeto Holy Trinity church and it’sa timber-framed house. It wasowned by WilliamShakespeares daughter,Susanna Hall, and herhusband Dr John Hall. Now itcontains a collection of 16thand 17th century paintingsand furniture. There is also anexhibition about Doctor JohnHall and the obscure medicalpractices of the Tudor period.A small walled garden standsbeside the house, whichcontains many plant varietiesthat were used in medicaltreatments in the lateElizabethan age. Then whenShakespeare died, the couplemoved to New Place.
In this wonderful church is preservedShakespeare’s grave but you can also see theparish registers that recorded his birth and hisdeath.Apart from its association with Shakespeare thechurch is well worth a visit, containing as it doesarchitectural features that date back to the early13th century. It is located in a lovely location on thebanks of the River Avon, a short walk from most ofthe major Shakespeare sites in the town centre.
It is the famous theatrededicated to the poet andplaywright WilliamShakespeare. It was opened on23rd April 1932 and stood on thesame area, where once therewere the ShakespeareMemorial Theatre (it wasdestroyed on 19th April 1879because of a fire).This new theatre, besides beingan incredible tribute to this poet,it’s also an important building:in fact it is considered the firstedifice built in this country by awoman (Elisabeth Scott).Moreover, the RoyalShakespeare Company stageinside the theatre many plays.
It has an attractive and striking exteriorand it’s set in an excellent location rightat the heart of Stratford upon Avon. TheTudor building provides the ideal place inwhich to hold a meeting or conferencewhile it is also suitable for a weekendgetaway or for a stopover on the waythrough the region for example.Stratford upon Avon has built aprestigious heritage over the years andThe Shakespeare Hotel fits in well withthe traditions of the town thanks to itsunique grade. From the open fire in thelobby reception area, through to themeeting rooms behind the number 10door and the classy bedrooms. TheShakespeare offers only the best inquality and service.