This humble house is the birthplace of William Shakespeare!
His exact birth date is unknown, but he was baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon on April 26, 1564. Which means this house has been standing since before 1564.
He was 52 when he passed away, also in Stratford-upon-Avon, the same age that I am at the moment I am typing this post.
Not long enough of a life, not nearly long enough to see it all and do it all!
But I suppose for the time that he lived – 52 may have been an average life span.
He married Anne Hathaway when he was 18, and together they had 3 children, two of whom were twins.
All I knew about Shakespeare I learned in high school drama classes. I never really stopped much to consider the life of the man who wrote such things as “A Midsummer Nights Dream” “Romeo and Juliet” or “Othello” or “King Lear” or any of the other plays and sonnets for which he is famous ---
I was a teenager at the time I was exposed to his work and I’m sure we all thought it was dorky – or that we would look dorky portraying it, but I wish I had paid more attention then!
Shakespeare was baptized and buried here, in Holy Trinity Church.
And yes, the trees are too close to the church to get a good photo!
But it is such a beautiful spot!
Yes, more headstones, what can I say!?
It’s kind of a church-yardy thing to do!
Holy Trinity Steeple
Inside, heading up toward Shakespeare’s grave.
But hark! Lo! What’s this?
Needle point kneelers they be!
((Yes, I am putting on my best Shakespearean!))
All invoking earthly elements, they dost!
Stars & Wind &:
And Frost & Cold below
((which I am sure it is on these cold stone floors in the winter without kneelers!))
I asked a lady about the kneelers and she said they were all done by the congregation for one of the church’s big anniversaries and all were stitched by the needlework guild. This I could get in to!
Beautiful bench cushions, each with a different saying.
I probably have these out of order.
Drawing closer to the crowd in the chancel.
((Come hither, come thither!))
Wow, this is some really great architecture!
Shakespeare's monument on the wall to the left.
RIP, William Shakespeare!
His wife Anne is by his side and other family members as well.
William Shakespeare was baptized in this font.
For a man who is so remembered 500 years later as the greatest poet and playwright of all-time, how is this for a visual – to be buried a meer 15 feet from where you were baptized as an infant. Full circle.
The bible belonging to the church that Shakespeare would have read from.
From the chancel looking back at the entrance ---
Found in an alcove --
This marker has nothing to do with Shakespeare, I just loved the hand-hewn nature of it and the words! Biggie size it on your monitor if you can to read it…
As always, I love the history. No matter the number of centuries that have passed, I feel a connection to the “sameness” of the human spirit and the common things we strive for in our lives. A comfortable place to live. Family to love and care for. Friends to laugh with. Food not only for our bellies, but for the pleasure of taste. A hobby to keep my hands busy, always striving to beautify. Hope for grandchildren and future generations who will live on beyond me. A long life and a comfortable old age.
Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t –but I don’t think these things are too far fetched from what folks dreamed about in Shakespeare’s life time.
It was a great visit, Stratford-upon-Avon! You are the caretaker of many jewels of great worth!