Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Fire, Stratford-upon-Avon, Old Postcard
Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Fire, Stratford-upon-Avon
Old Theatre Fire, Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon, Old Theatre Fire
Old Theatre Ruins
Old Theatre Ruins, Stratford-upon-Avon
Two quite well-known postcards of the aftermath of the fire. On the left, a policeman surveys
the ruins (does anyone know who he  is/was ?), whilst on the right Lady Macbeth's statue
was conveniently situated for a dramatic effect !           
It's a little difficult to make out the detail in this postcard, but it appears
to have been taken outside the "Dirty Duck" some time after the blaze
- the gardens are well fenced off, the trees are in leaf and there is no
sign of the tower. Was the tower demolished soon after ?
Stratford-upon-Avon, Old Theatre Fire
Another postcard by Antona. Note the tower - the top has disappeared.
Compare this card to that on the right.  
The Destruction by Fire of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre -
6 March 1926
The Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon caught fire on 6th March 1926. In
spite of efforts from fire-brigades from all over the county, the theatre was reduced to a
roofless shell, although the picture gallery and library were saved.
Most of these postcards of the blaze - which are by no means a rarity - have been in my family
for many years. Many Stratford people bought and kept sets as souvenirs. My mother was a girl
of 20 - she cycled from Snitterfield to join the throngs of on-lookers - and later bought her own
set which is reproduced on this website. The fire was a major event for Stratford's inhabitants -
there may possibly be some alive who remember it, and many will, like me, have heard accounts
from relatives and friends.
If you have any memories of the fire - or perhaps have an aged relative who can recall the event
- please
get in touch ! We'd love to add your impressions and memories to this page !
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