Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon
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Hollowed GroundThe Holy Trinity Church at Stratford-Upon-Avon, also known as "Shakespeare's Church" is an absolute must-see. Walking up to its low door (don't bump your head) is a dreamy withdrawal into the past as ancient gravestones nod their heads and trees loom deep into the pathway reminding you that they have been watching comers and goers, weddings and funerals for centuries. "Shakespeare was flesh and blood" they whisper and you shiver that real life is not legend. It happened and you are walking on its holy ground....
Inside the church, the 15th century comes alive with Shakespeare's funeral monument, the old stone bowl in which he was likely baptized and the registry that gives details of his baptism and burial. Shakespeare, his wife Anne and daughter Susannah lay buried under the stones at the church's alter with an inscription of warning:
"Good friend for Iesus sake forbeare,
To digg the dvst encloased heare,
Bleste be ye man yt spares thes stones,
And cvrst be he yt moves my bones."
No one has ever dared move these bones looked down upon by the stained class saints that line the church's walls. And just to your right, enclosed in glass, lies open a large ancient copy of the original King James bible that Shakespeare is said to have helped translate... all eyes, heaven and earthly, guard the hollowed Shakespearean fortress....