|The River Avon and Holy Trinity Church
|An idyllic view of the church and the river in a postcard which I think
dates from the late 1930s.
|Except for the Birthplace, there are probably more versions of this view of the Avon from the theatre tower than any other postcard of
Stratford. The card in the centre is from the 1930s, whilst the Moonlight View on the right was posted in 1910.
|These two postcards and the card below on the left illustrate the growth of the trees on the rec and by the theatre. The card on the left makes
the river appear very wide. The card on the right was mailed in 1919, thus giving an indication of the dates of the other two.
|A couple of winter scenes which would make nice Christmas cards - that on the right was posted in Australia in 1905.
|A postcard from March 1914.
|This old card - which has a little damage - describes the view of the
church as seen "from old unused lock". From the reverse - "Holy
Trinity Church is situated on the west bank of the Avon. It is a
cruciform edifice, and of somewhat mixed styles, the earliest date on
record being from the thirteenth century. There are numerous
interesting monuments to famous people, including William
Shakespeare and many of his friends and relatives."
|William Shakespeare was baptized and buried in
Holy Trinity Church. For more information, visit the
church's website at www.stratford-upon-avon.org/
|An early 20th Century postcard by Raphael
Tuck of the avenue of lime trees leading to
|The Ferry Crossing in the 1930s - no signs of the Ferry !
|The Ferry about 1960.
|A 1903 postcard of the church.
|An unused postcard, probably from the 1930s. The steamer is called
|Two excellent old postcards of the Old Mill. I have a vivid memory of being taken on my tricycle by Miss Peace (anyone remember her ?) to
see the Mill on fire. This must have been during the war, and before 1944. The postcard on the right is from 1904.
|"William Shakespeare, the great poet and dramatist, was born at
Stratford-on-Avon, 23 April 1564; died 1616. In Trinity Church (shown
in the picture) is the poet's grave and monument."
|A 1913 postcard of the Mill.
|The Avon rises near Naseby in Northamptonshire, and flows through Rugby, Leamington and
Warwick before reaching Stratford. After Stratford it goes on to Bidford-on-Avon, Evesham and
Pershore and joins the Severn at Tewkesbury. Holy Trinity Church dates from the early years of
the 13th Century. Shakespeare was baptised in the church and is buried there.
|Did You Know......about this Unsolved Murder ?
On April 24th 1954, the body of Nurse Olive Bennett was discovered in the River Avon, weighed
down by a tombstone taken from a grave in Holy Trinity Church. She had been drinking alone in the
"George" in Bridge Street and the "Red Horse". The murder was investigated by Detective
Superintendent John Capstick of the Yard, (who even interviewed my mum and dad in the Masons
Arms at Wilmcote), but the case remains unsolved.
Read about the murder in "Warwickshire Murders" by Betty Smith, published by Countryside Books.
|A bungalow on the river, probably up towards Alveston.
|This house stood in the area where the Brass Rubbing centre is now.
The arches in the river bank are still just visible today and the flattish
area to the left of the photograph is known as The Dell.
Thanks to Paul Turšner-Upcott for this information.
|This poor quality moonlight view of the church dates from 1903.
|An undated view of the ferry in another poor quality postcard.
|An excellent view of the Avon and the church.
|The Church and the Weir.
|Postcards of the Past
|Two images sent to us by John Newton from the USA That on the left refers to the "Bancroft Park", and as John quite rightly points out, this
was not an expression used by Stratford residents, who simply called it "the Bancroft". The card on the right is a bit of a mystery. I - and John -
grew up in Stratford and the bandstand was always on the Rec. However, this card appears to show it on the Bancroft, although it's difficult to
be certain as there are no landmarks. The building on the left at the rear could be Cox's timber yard. The tree in the foreground is too close for
the Rec site. Anyone got any ideas ? Email me here.
|An image from John Newton - a great view of the Boathouse.
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