This weekend sees Stratford come alive with its annual celebration of the birth of its famous son, William Shakespeare.
As well as parades through the town centre there will be bands playing, fanfares, Morris dancers and a freedom of the town bestowed on actors Dame Judi Dench and Sir Kenneth Brannagh. It promises to be quite a spectacle!
Born in Henley Street in 1564, Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets and more than 30 plays in his lifetime. He is widely regarded as the world’s greatest dramatist and his plays have been translated into every major living language.
Although he spent much of his life and career in London, as both a playwright and actor, he maintained his links with Stratford. It’s where he got married and had three children before buying New Place on the corner of Chapel Street and Chapel Lane a few years before he died in 1616.
It’s his association with the town which brings tourists from around the world to pay homage and visit The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Holy Trinity Church where he’s buried, the Birthplace in Henley Street and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage.
But Stratford isn’t just about Shakespeare. The town is a great place to live and work. It has a fantastic array of independent shops and businesses alongside a selection of national chains. There are amazing restaurants and cafes as well as galleries, the MAD Museum, the Butterfly Farm and a weekly market.
It is also blessed with a variety of property styles and types, from Elizabethan town houses to new build houses and flats.
Sheldon Bosley Knight is proud to make Stratford its home and be part of this thriving community and we will be enjoying the festivities this weekend. So if you are looking for your forever home or want to sell up and move on, contact our team of experts today and see how we can help you.
As Touchstone says in As You Like It: “When I was at home I was in a better place”.