Architecture in Stratford-Upon-Avon
Comprising of a small market town in Warwickshire located on the beautifully peaceful River Avon. Stratford-Upon-Avon was originally a village and later gained its market town status. Resulting in trade and commerce as well as urban expansion. The town is a popular tourist destination owing to its status as birthplace of English playwright and poet William Shakespeare.
However, it is so much more, its charm is the town itself with its quaint shops and traditional English feel. Its timber framed, black and white, Tudor buildings are peppered throughout the town, some dating back hundreds of year.
History of Stratford-Upon-Avon
Many of the town’s earliest and most important buildings are located along what is known as Stratford’s Historic Spine, which was once the main route from the town centre to the parish church. The route of the Historic Spine begins at Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Henley Street and finishes in Old Town. Along the way it passes many Elibethean buildings, as well as the Guild buildings and the 13th century Holy Trinity Church, of which Shakespeare is buried.
Theatres of Stratford-Upon-Avon
The first real theatre in Stratford was a temporary wooden affair built in 1769, the theatre, this was washed away in two days of torrential rain and flooding.
To celebrate the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth in 1864 the Tercentenary Theatre, was built in the brewer’s large gardens on what is today the site of the new, Courtyard Theatre. After three months the Tercentenary Theatre was dismantled, with the timber used for house-building purposes.
An architectural competition was arranged to design for a new theatre, with the winner, English architect Elisabeth Scott, creating the Royal Shakespeare Theatre we see on the riverside today.
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Buildings to Visit
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- 5 Buildings to Visit in Stratford-Upon-Avon
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