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 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.  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.
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Stratford-upon-Avon
The Destruction by Fire of the Shakespeare
Memorial Theatre - 6 March 1926
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