Age shall not wither them
How we are supporting work on two historic buildings in Stratford-upon-Avon
2016 is the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death, and Allchurches Trust is delighted to be supporting two restoration projects in Stratford-upon-Avon that will benefit the local community.
Coincidentally, if the Bard himself were transported forward in time to his hometown, these are the only two buildings he would recognise.
“All the world’s a stage” – and it all began here?
The Guildhall at King Edward VI grammar school is one of the few medieval halls left in the country. Back in the 1570s, this is the place where young William probably went to school, and may have been where he first watched a play being performed.
The Guildhall is now in need of urgent restoration, and the facilities need updating to cater for local community groups. Primary schools from across the region will come here to experience living history, and the building will also be used as an arts space to reach out to young adults, as well as people with learning needs.
“A church advances on its knees”
Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon is one of the country’s most visited churches, as thousands of people come here every year to see Shakespeare’s tomb. Yet this is a vibrant place of worship too, with a congregation of 300 or so every Sunday.
With no lavatory or catering facilities, Holy Trinity urgently needs updating to meet the needs of parishioners and visitors alike. We are supporting the vital reordering of the church with a grant.
A single story extension will house the lavatory, while relocation of the vestry and staff kitchen to the south aisle will restore the original St Peter’s Chapel. Not only will this create a quiet space for reflection in what is often a busy place, it will also unblock the historically important ‘American’ stained glass window.
Both the Guildhall and Holy Trinity projects come at a vital time, enabling the town to welcome more visitors during this historic year. It’s good to know that the renovations will also service the people of the town for years to come.