A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Saturday, 23 January 2016
An Afternoon in Stratford-upon-Avon - Part 2: Holy Trinity Church
The avenue of lime trees lining the path to the North Porch of Holy Trinity Church represents the 12 tribes of Israel on one side and the 12 Apostles on the other. The current avenue was replanted in the early 1990's.
The presence of a church on the banks of the River Avon in Stratford was first mentioned in a charter of 845 signed by Beorhtwulf (Bertulf), King of Mercia. The first church would have been a wooden structure and it is likely that the Normans built a stone church to replace the wooden building. No traces of either remain and the present building (constructed of Limestone) commenced in 1210.
The two-storey North Porch dates from ~1485 and contains
a 15th century door.
Somehow on my last visit I managed to miss the most interesting feature in the porch. Set in a small door is this 13th century Sanctuary Knocker (it is older than the door). Fugitives from justice in the past would hold the ring and would then be entitled to 37 days of safety before eventually facing a trial.
The font currently in use is a Victorian copy of a medieval font which is now to be found near the High Altar.
St Peter's Chapel
The green marble pulpit was erected in 1900 and was a gift from Sir Theodore Martin in honour of his wife Helen Faucit, a famous Shakespearean actress, who had died in 1898. Her portrait forms the face of St Helena - one of the alabaster figures around the pulpit.
The High Altar - I thought the Christmas trees and lights looked beautiful.
A photo of the Medieval font mentioned above. It is probably the font where William Shakespeare was baptised on 26th April, 1564. At some stage it was removed from the church and then discovered in the garden of the parish clerk where it remained and was used as a water cistern. In 1861 it was purchased by a Mr William Hunt and returned to the church.
A monument to William Shakespeare and
The Clopton Chapel which contains the finest renaissance tomb in England.
The stained glass is mainly Victorian by designers such as C E Kempe, Clayton and Bell, Heaton Butler and Baines. Medieval glass has been preserved in 3 locations. I did buy a rather lovely booklet on the stained glass but I didn't have chance at the time to record where each photo of the stained glass was taken so I haven't been able to give any information on each individual window.
I also bought a very interesting booklet on the misericords in the church but I will leave those for a future post.
Holy Trinity Church - A Visitor's Guide to Shakespeare's Church
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