Stratford on Avon  Warwickshire


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Stratford on Avon like this:

Stratford on Avon.-- mun. bor., market town, and township, Old Stratford par., Warwickshire, on river Avon, 8 miles SW. of Warwick and 101 NW. of London by rail - township, pop. 4079; bor. (including Stratford on Avon township, and the greater part of Old Stratford township), 3865 ac., pop. 8054; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 2 newspapers. ...

Market-day, Friday. Stratford on Avon had a monastery of the 7th century, and was a place of some consequence previous to the Conquest, but in modern times it is famous chiefly as the place where Shakspere (1564-1616) was born and died, and on that ground is visited by travellers from every part of the world. The chief objects of interest, besides the house in Henley Street in which Shakspere was born, the parish church of Holy Trinity in which he was buried, and the Shakspere Memorial Theatre (1878), are the grammar school founded in 1482, and the ancient bridge of fourteen arches built in the time of Henry VII. Stratford on Avon received a charter for holding a market from Richard I., and was incorporated by Edward VI. The trade is chiefly connected with agriculture.

Stratford on Avon through time

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Stratford on Avon in Warwickshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 27th May 2024

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