HOLY Trinity Church has secured a square on the Stratford version of Monopoly which is set to hit shelves next month.
The final resting place of Shakespeare will take up residence on the first square of the board, where Old Kent Road is usually found.
Stratfordians have been voting for the landmarks they want to see on the board and Holy Trinity was suggested by many, who said the church – as one of the oldest buildings in town – should be given pride of place on the Old Kent Road square.
Rev Patrick Taylor from Holy Trinity said he was delighted with the move.
He added: “While Mayfair or Park Lane might sound more prestigious, the brown square ticks all the boxes for us, reflecting both our history – Old Kent Road was once part of a Celtic ancient trackway – and our values in being a church that strives to be inclusive, accessible and welcoming to all.
“We are very pleased to have received so much support and look forward to seeing Holy Trinity’s iconic image on the new Monopoly board.”
Retailers in the town have put in ‘huge’ advanced orders in preparation for the launch of the board which will take place at the RSC on October 13 – the same morning the game hits shop shelves.
Natasha Rebuck from Winning Moves UK, which produces Monopoly, said: “It would have been unthinkable for Holy Trinity not to be on either Mayfair or Old Kent Road, our two most talked about and high cachet squares.”
Many of the town’s leading landmarks are vying for the top squares – including Bancroft Gardens, the RST and The Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust – which will only be revealed on launch day.
Waterstones, WH Smith and The Works are among the shops who will be stocking the Stratford Monopoly board game.