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    History of Stratford-upon-Avon

    by grayfo Written Dec 30, 2013
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    Favorite thing: Stratford upon Avon was founded by the Saxons and developed as a market town during the medieval period. The town name is made up of Celtic and Saxon words. strǣt, meaning "street", and ford, indicating a site at which a road forded a river, Avon is also a Celtic word meaning river or water.

    Stratford was granted town charter in 1196, when King Richard I granted the town the right to hold weekly markets. By the 13th century Stratford had a small grammar school, and the Guild of the Holy Cross was formed, the guild had its own chapel which still stands today.

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    River Avon Walk - part 6

    by yooperprof Written Sep 6, 2009
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    Favorite thing: I walked along the river as far as the village of Luddington. Then I turned "inland" and walked back to Stratford via the Luddington and Evesham Roads.

    I didn't see any pubs in Luddington, but I did stop for a pint and a burger at the Bell Tavern in Shottery, which was on the walk back. All told, I think it was about a four mile walk.

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    River Avon Walk - part 4

    by yooperprof Written Sep 6, 2009
    stick to the path and you should be fine

    Favorite thing: WARNING AND DANGER - be careful about the poison ivy along the Avon to the west of Meadow Road. I was wearing shorts on this day, and the ivy attacked me! I had the itch for the rest of my time in England - and actually for six weeks after that!

    I do love this kind of pastoral English countryside, though.

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    River Avon Walk - part 3

    by yooperprof Written Sep 6, 2009
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    Favorite thing: Good fishing here - but only for members of the local Angling Club who maintain the footpath and the fishing sites!

    At the Meadow Road Bridge, I crossed over and continued along the north and west side of the Avon River path.

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    River Avon Walk - part 2

    by yooperprof Written Sep 6, 2009
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    Favorite thing: The river broadens out as you approach the Meadow Road bridge (which carries the A4390). A series of weirs creates a pond-like expanse much favored by ducks and swans. The Lucy family (of Charlecote Manor) once owned a mill at this spot.

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    River Avon Walk - part 1

    by yooperprof Written Sep 6, 2009
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    Favorite thing: There's a pleasant riverside path along the Avon to the south and west of the town. I recommend it for a late afternoon ramble.

    If you are on the south side of the river, the path is well marked as you stroll toward the Church of the Holy Trinity, where the Bard is buried. You'll see the spire clearly as it rises above the meadow.

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    Clopton Bridge

    by yooperprof Updated Sep 6, 2009
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    Favorite thing: The Clopton Bridge is the main traversal of the River Avon in central Stratford. It is also officially a "Scheduled Ancient Monument" in Britain!

    It was originally built in 1480, financed by a certain Hugh Clopton of nearby Clopton House, a leading gentry-man who later served as Lord Mayor of London. Its 14 spans now carry the A3400 across the river.

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    Gower Memorial (Shakespeare)

    by yooperprof Updated Sep 3, 2009

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    Favorite thing: The Gower Memorial (to the Bard) is in Bancroft Gardens, right on the Avon. Lord Ronald Gower, a late 19th century aristocrat and amateur sculptor (and friend of Oscar Wilde), was commissioned by Stratford's town fathers to create a sculpural group commemorating the Bard.

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    Eating on the go

    by originalribenababy Written Oct 26, 2007

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    Favorite thing: I only got to spend a day here summer 2006 but I would suggest buying produce off the local street market sellers as a quick, cheap alternative for lunch. I bought loads of fruit and tomatoes (loving food anyway!) from one seller and happily sat in the sunshine watching the swans.

    Sellers can be found all around the town in summer, and prices are usually reasonable, makes you feel better than pouring money into a supermarket or chain restaurant as well :)

    Fondest memory: Eating beautiful mini tomatoes in the sunshine on the green :)

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    Character-filled!

    by Jenniflower Written May 14, 2007

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    Favorite thing: There is character and charm seeping out from every angle in Stratford-upon-Avon.

    I have included some photos of some of the charm and will describe them here:

    (1) A penny farthing sits atop an old sign on the High Street. Delightful :)

    (2) A low relief image of William Shakespeare sits above the door frame of the entrance into 'the local back', HSBC. It's lovely when companies keep the antiquity of the building they move into!

    (3) A sign 'please park prettily'... how polite can you get?

    (4) An old wall is seemingly caving in, yet standing firm... many of the house walls do this too... look like they are about to collapse but have been standing for centuries!

    (5) Quotes and anecdotes from Shakepeare's plays are scattered here and there on buildings. This one is above WHSmith, and reads 'Come and take choice of all my library and so beguile thy sorrow' Titus Androncus, Act IV, Scene 4

    Just lovely ~

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    Firs Gardens

    by Jenniflower Written May 12, 2007

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    Favorite thing: This garden was across the road from our B&B. We walked through here quite a few times, often sitting down and hearing the birds, and watching the squirrels playing.

    It was refurbished in 1990 as part of a scheme to generally clean up the local areas.

    It used to part of the garden belonging to a house called 'The Firs', which no longer exists.

    In 1910, Marie Correlli, a well known novellist, bought the garden to be used for the benefit of the whole town.

    It's this kind of community spirit that is evident all over Stratford-upon-Avon really... which is really nice we thought :)

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    Gower Memorial

    by Jenniflower Written May 11, 2007

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    Favorite thing: This is quite a large and comical memorial statue!

    I have put this particular part of the statue as the main picture as it is quite comical.. it shows a figure picking his nose in true Shakesperian fashion! :)

    The next photo shows the memorial in it's entirety and then the other three show three more figures, Shakespeare (sitting on the top of the memorial) being one of them. and the other two, characters out of his plays.

    The characters shown are Hamlet (Philosophy), Prince Hal (History), Falstaff (Comedy) and Lady Macbeth (Tragedy). The figures are in bronze and have superb facial expressions and gestures.

    It stands in Bancroft Gardens, by the barges, and was presented to the town by Lord Ronald Sutherland Gower, in 1888.

    On it, as is the way of the majority of the statues and fountains found in Stratford-upon-Avon, is a quote from one of Shakespeare's plays:
    'Consideration like an angel came, and whipt the offending adam out of him'

    A delightful memorial statue indeed!

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    The American Clock Tower

    by Jenniflower Updated May 11, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Some people love it. Some dislike it!

    The Clock Tower stands just off Rother Street, in the market area. It was given to the town by an American, George W. Childs of Philadelphia, hence it being referred to as the 'American Fountain' by locals.

    It is built in the Victorian Gothic style, with two American eagles on two corners and two English lions on the other two corners, reminiscent of the relationship between the States and England.

    There is a fairy from Midsummer Night's Dream above each clock face if you look closely...

    Horses used to drink form the water trough found at the bottom of the fountain, but it is now filled with flowers, as seen in the photograph.

    It is quite nice I think, not at all garish, unlike what some locals may think :)

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    Swan Fountain

    by Jenniflower Written May 11, 2007

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    Favorite thing: When we were walking in Bancroft Gardens, we came across this rather interesting looking fountain!

    In a rather traditional setting, finding this modern reflective piece of artwork is out of place, yet seems to sit perfectly here too :)

    Christine Lee sculpted it and it was unveiled by the Queen in 1996.

    It stand in front of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and is in celebration of 800 years of history in Stratford-on-Avon.

    For a traditionally conservative town, this fountain lends a delightful contemporary flavour!

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    The Riverside Walk

    by Jenniflower Updated May 11, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The Riverside Walk along the River Avon is a really lovely walk to do.

    It takes you along from the barge area (and the old 500 year old Compton Bridge), past The Royal Shakespeare Company, past the Rubbing Centre, up to Holy Trinity Church.

    Opposit the bank we spotted a little dog had fallen into the water and thankfully his mistress was quick and managed to pull him out!

    There were parents pushing their buggys, pensioners going for a walk, couples wlaking hand in hand... generally just a lovely atmosphere in which to take a walk in the fresh air.

    If you feel like some coffee you can stop at the Royal Shakespeare Company cafe for a bit.

    You can feed the swans and ducks... especially lovely for the kids... or just sit on a bench and watch the poeple, boats and barges, walk and sail by.

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