A flying visit – The Guild Chapel, Stratford upon Avon

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

I mentioned that, during our visit to Stratford upon Avon, we had wandered off on our way back to the car, drawn by the tower of a small church. It had proved a profitable detour, bringing us to an old part of the town and  to the site of Shakespeare’s final home, New Place. The house is now gone, but there is a  garden, overlooked by old red-brick and timber buildings. The church tower is right next door and adjoins the Guild Hall and almshouses that also contain the schoolroom where William Shakespeare was educated. It is, therefore, a pretty safe bet that he also attended the Guild Chapel.

We wouldn’t have minded had he never set foot in the place, though, not with the grotesques over the porch. A more intriguing pair would be hard to find…and I still haven’t found any explanation for the ‘ring’ on…

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