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Holy Trinity Church

Avonside, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, CV37 6BG

There's no escaping the Shakespeare industry in Stratford. Yet the church escapes the heaviest crowds of tourists, saved by the fact that it's a short walk away from the town centre. Shakespeare is buried in the chancel. His memorial, commissioned by his widow in 1616, was said to have been his best likeness. The church itself is outstanding, and would be celebrated even without the Shakespeare connection. Its origins are pre-Norman, but the present building dates from the 13th century and after. It is a large building, full of light, with a central tower crowned by a tall and beautiful spire erected in 1763. The architect G F Bodley deftly restored the church in the 19th century. The organ case he designed sits splendidly above the crossing arch in the centre of the church. The church contains many memorials and other items of interest, and Clopton Chapel is particularly full of these. The early 17th-century tomb of George Carew and his wife Joyce Clopton is one of the chapel's finest monuments. In the chancel, look out for 26 misericords. These date from about 1450, and include some famous examples.

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Open Mar-Oct Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun 12.30-5, Apr-Sep Mon-Sat 8.30-6, Sun 12.30-5, Nov-Feb Mon-Sat 9-4, Sun 12.30-5

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