|Exterior of Holy Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon|
Inside the church, the baptismal font is the first thing visitors see. As baptism is the spiritual gateway into the church, this is nicely appropriate. The view from the font shows the center line of the church moving off to the left. So this cruciform church has an inclined head as did the crucified Lord Jesus Christ.
|Nave with chancel slightly to the left (it's more obvious in person)|
The West Window shows Christ and His disciples. The North Aisle also has some nice stained-glass and the large death notices (diamond-shaped placards with family crests) used in previous times.
Just beyond the crossing is the chancel, where Shakespeare and some of his family members are buried. He was a lay rector at this church, thus he was buried here. He died in 1616. The bust on the wall was put up by his widow and friends in 1623.
|Chancel with pre-Reformation altar (found buried to protect it)|
|Graves of Anne Shakespeare (wife), William, and Thomas Nash (husband of Shakespeare's granddaughter)|
Other Shakespeareana include copies of the baptismal and burial registries and the chained bible which dates from 1611 and was used in the church in Shakespeare's day. He probably read from it.
|Church records of Shakespeare's membership|
|1611 "chained bible" used during Shakespeare's lifetime|
At the back are activity tables for visiting children, including a table for drawing and a pi period costumes. Jacob was game enough to try one on and I was able to capture the moment.
Outside is the standard graveyard as well as the peaceful River Avon.
|Lucy admires the serene river Avon|