The two major traditional events in Stratford are the Birthday Celebrations and the Mop, although the Regatta used to be
a big day too. Not too many postcards of the Mop, but in response to our request for more images we were sent a couple
of great postcards - see the bottom of this page. If you can help, we'd be delighted to hear from you !
Old Postcard, Stratford-upon-Avon Mop
The stamp and date have been removed from this postcard of the Mop in Wood Street.  At a guess it's just pre-WW1.
Shakespeare's Birthday, Henley Street
This appears to be the Birthday Parade leaving Henley Street in
about 1910, led by the Town Band !! Many thanks to Rob and Carla
Read for this one !
Shakesperare's Birthday, Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's Birthday 1907
Shakespeare's Birthday 1964
The 1964 Parade - Shakespeare's 400th Birthday.
The Birthday Parade outside the Grammar School and the Alms
Houses, 1907.
Another postcard of the 1907 Parade, presumably by the same
photographer as it is from the same location.   
Shakespeare's Birthday 1913 - Old Postcard
This postcard was mailed from Stratford to Spain on 27 April 1913.
The writer identifies herself in the picture, so we may safely
assume it is the 1913 Birthday procession. It's interesting to note
that this section of the parade is almost entirely women - plus a
couple of small boys. Does anyone know why ?  
Shakespeare's Birthday 1964 - Bridge Street
Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's Birthday 1936
Birthday Celebrations, Bridge Street
Bridge Street with the flags out, presumably for the Birthday
Celebrations. I don't have a date for this postcard perhaps around
1920? It was published by Anthony Tyler, Photographer,
I came across this postcard amongst some old family papers. It
shows some people outside the "Red Horse" on Shakespeare's
Birthday 1936 - my mother is the lady under the 19 of 1936.    
Thanks to Richard Hayden of Exeter for this superb old postcard of
the Birthday Celebrations in Bridge Street in 1914.
Stratford Mop
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Stratford Mop
Another postcard I found recently amongst family papers - this one
of an ox being roasted at the Mop - no idea of the date or location,
but probably in Bridge Street as the road appears to slope.
Another from my nephew in Canada - this one of the ox roast
outside Pargetter's. The card was mailed in 1909, so probably the
1908 Mop.  
This card was sent by my nephew in Canada. No clue to the year.
However, some research has shown that the ox roaster is
"Panham" Worrall, apparently a well-known roaster of his day !  
Stratford Mop 1897
Someone has pencilled "1897" at the bottom of this old postcard -
probably about right !    
Ox Roast, Stratford Mop
Stratford Mop
Stratford Mop
Yet another Ox Roast - this postcard was mailed in November 1903,
so probably the 1903 Mop. This one was outside the Fountain Hall.
Stratford Mop - the ox roast outside the "Garrick" on High Street
about 1910.
A postcard which was sent from Stratford to Marlborough in
Wiltshire in December 1909 - thus this is probably the 1909 Mop.
Can anyone recognise the location ?
Old Postcard, Stratford-upon-Avon Regatta
This card was posted in March 1909, so it may well be the 1908
Stratford-upon-Avon Regatta
Stratford-upon-Avon Folk Dancing
Stratford Mop
An unused and undated view of the Mop in
Wood Street.
High Street, Stratford-upon-Avon
I don't have a date for this postcard, which is of the "English Folk
Dance & Song Society Festival" - in the Bancroft.
A great old postcard of High Street, decorated probably for the
Birthday celebrations. I'm not quite sure of the date, but note the
"Petrol" sign on the left of the street, near where W H Smith's is
now, which indicates that at least some motor vehicles are running -
so maybe just before WW1. If anyone can spot any more clues,
please let me know !!  
Folk Dancing, Stratford-upon-Avon
Another from the English Folk Dance Festival - looks like the 1930s.
The flags in Bridge Street for the Birthday Celebrations. My mum
posted this card to me in the USA on 23 April 1964, Shakespeare's
400th birthday. It has two commemorative stamps and a "first day of
issue" postmark.
This is an interesting old postcard which has had a chunk cut off from the right
side. It was written from "Alandene" in Maidenhead Road to a soldier at
Shawbury Aerodrome in Shropshire on 17 September 1918 and somehow got
to the USA whence it came to us. Note the date at the bottom - it appears to
have been changed from 1911 to 1914 - why ?   
Stratford Regatta, Marie Corelli
Mariel Corelli presenting the prizes at the 1912 Regatta.
Stratford Mop 1915
A 1915 Ox Roast at the Mop.
Stratford-upon-Avon Mop
An undated postcard of a roast at the Mop.
Stratford Mop - Pig Roast
An unused and undated postcard of a pig roast - can you
identify the location ?
Stratford Mop - Ox Roast
No date for this ox roast postcard.   
Stratford Mop
Another undated postcard of a Pig Roast at the Mop.
Stratford-upon-Avon 1905
No date for this one, but before the Old Theatre fire.
Yet another Ox Roast postcard. Can you identify the location ?
The two postcards which follow were sent to us by a former Stratford resident and
KES scholar John Newton, now living in the USA. Thanks, John !
Stratford-upon-Avon Mop 1908
An unused postcard of the Mop which has "Oct 12th 1908" written
on the back.
This postcard of the Mop in Rother Street was mailed in 1960.
Stratford-upon-Avon Mop 1914
A pig roast at the 1914 Mop.
The Plymouth Arms pig roast in 1924.   
Bridge Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1914
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