Old Town Stratford-upon-Avon Warwickshire England
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Holy Trinity Church stands on the banks of the River Avon in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. Holy Trinity Church is renowned for being the last resting place of William Shakespeare. |Shakespeare’s funerary monument, on the chancel wall above his tomb, was erected before 1623, and is said to be a life-like representation of the great man. The monument, by Gerard Johnson, features a bust of the poet, who holds a quill pen in one hand and a piece of paper in another.| The playwright, who was also baptised in the church, is buried in the chancel alongside the remains of his wife Ann Hathaway and his daughter Susanna. |An inscription reads: |“Good friend, for Jesus' sake forebeare |To digg the dust enclosed heare; |Bleste be the man that spares thes stones, |And curst be he that moves my bones."|Some say the curse has prevented the removal of Shakespeare's bones to Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey.|But whether Shakespeare’s grave is of interest to you or not, it is worth visiting this atmospheric church simply to appreciate the colours when sunlight streams through the beautiful stained glass windows and dances on the chancel walls.
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