Stratford-Upon-Avon is located in Warwickshire, in the heart of
England. The town of Stratford lies on the Avon river, about
eight miles downstream from the county town of Warwick.
Stratford was originally a market town, and this picture shows
the clock tower in the market place at the town centre. Farmers'
markets are still held here
The name Stratford
means street-ford. In Roman times this was a crossing point, a ford, over the Avon.
There are many Stratfords and Stretfords in
England. They are all located at points where
old Roman roads cross rivers. The Roman
road that crossed the Avon at Stratford-upon-
Avon was the Salt Road to Alcester (the
This is the view looking downstream. In the
distance can be seen the spire of Holy Trinity
Church, where Shakespeare lies.
The main part of the town lies on the right
bank. On the right bank can be seen the red-
brick building of the Shakespeare Memorial
For three hundred years, while its fame spread
across the world, the little town had stood here
at the river's bend. Time and change had
touched it lightly; it had heard from afar both
the coming of the Armada and the fall of the
Third Reich, and all Man's wars had passed it
The river plays an important part in the story – it seems to
be the only thing that is moving. This picture shows the
river from the cemetery at Holy Trinity Church looking
upstream; it is a scene of tranquillity and peace……but
quite unlike the kind of awful peace of the story.
was born is
the centre of
the time of Will’s father, John Shakespeare.
Later in his life Shakespeare bought a substantial property
in the town called New Place. He lived there for the last six
years of his