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This exquisite chapel was said to have been of Shakepeare's favourites!
It was built in 1269, together with a hospital, for the 'poor priests of the diocese'. The tower and nave were additions to the chapel in the 1400's. Otherwise it is the original chapel as it was in 1269!
In 1553 this chapel was given to the Guild Estate charity, following the suppression of the Guild in 1547.
Inside this chapel are some stunning 16th century fresco's on the walls. Many of these medieval fresco's were already there for quite some time whilst Shakespeare was still a young lad!
This chapel has played an important role in the life of the community and is much loved. It has, for many years, also served as the chapel for the grammar school (King Edward School), which Shakespeare is reported to have attended.
I absolutely LOVED this chapel, it's doors being of immediate interest to me (I have a huge fondness of interesting doors!), and then everything stood out, from the weather-beaten floor to the intricate stained glass windows.
I have 8 more photos of this chapel in a travelogue on my Stratford-upon-Avon homepage. There is just so much to this beautiful and graceful old building :)
Address: Cnr Chapel and High Streets, Stratford-upon-Avon
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