|Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford upon Avon|
|Holy Trinity Church, Stratford upon Avon.|
|The Shakespeare Memorial, Bancroft Gardens, Stratford.||
Stratford-upon-Avon is 26 miles from Birmingham and is internationally renowned as the birth place of William Shakespeare, who was was born at in a house in Henley Street in 1564. His mother, Mary Arden, was one of the daughters of Robert Arden, a yeoman farmer of Wilmcote: his father, John Shakespeare, was a glover and wool dealer of good standing who held the office of Bailiff of the Borough in 1568.
At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway, who was seven years his senior and three months pregnant. She was of ’yeoman’ stock - her family owned a farm one mile west of Stratford in Shottery. He then left his wife to became actor-manager and part-owner in the Blackfriars and afterwards the Globe Theatres in London.
|Anne Hatherway's Cottage|
Shakespeare was a first-rate actor, but it is as a writer of plays that he has achieved lasting world-wide fame. His plays 37 vary in type; historical romances, light comedies and tragedies. As a shrewd business man he amassed a considerable fortune and returned to Stratford for his latter years where he died in 1616 at the age of 52 and is buried Holy Trinity Church.
Stratford upon Avon has many attractions based around the Shakespeare theme including the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre, opened in 1932 and redeveloped in the first decade of this century. The theatre is on the banks of the Warwickshire Avon, often refered to as Shakespeare’s Avon, and overlooking the basin of the Stratford upon Avon Canal, that forms part of the canal link between Stratford and Birmingham. There is also a direct train service between these places.