Church of the Week: Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon

This week's featured church is Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, which the lovely Robin and I visited in 1995, with Aubrey and Aaron (then middle-schoolers) in tow.

A Church on the banks of the Avon in Stratford is first mentioned in the charter of 845, signed by Beorhtwulf (Bertulf), King of Mercia. This would have been a wooden construction. The Normans probably replaced this with a stone building, but no trace of either remains. The limestone building we see today was begun in 1210 and was built in the shape of a cross.

In addition to being a strikingly beautiful church outside and in, it is also possibly the most visited parish church in England, because it is the church where William Shakespeare was baptized and is buried.

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