8th Dec, 2016

First plaque laid on Stratford's Historic Spine

Stratford Editorial 30th Apr, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE FIRST plaque on Stratford’s Historic Spine has been laid outside the Guildhall.

A scheme to highlight some of the town’s iconic buildings has got under way with the installation of a pavement plaque in front of where Shakespeare studied.

The historic spine runs from the Bard’s birthplace in Henley Street to Holy Trinity Church in Old Town via Bridge Street, High Street and Church Street. Buildings like Harvard House, Nash’s House, New Place and Hall’s Croft all stand along the route.

Some 24 plaques will be laid in front of the most significant buildings detailing their history and importance.

Chairman of the Historic Spine Group John Scampion said: “This is a crucial start to an important scheme.

“Once completed the town will have a trail of these colourful and informative tablets along the Historic Spine celebrating and describing many of the buildings forming such an important part of its heritage.”

KES has paid for the first plaque and owners and occupiers of other key buildings will be able to contribute towards the scheme.

Support from funding bodies including the Heritage Lottery Fund is also being sought.

The plaques will be made by the Chepstow ceramic designer Ned Heywood.