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Fresh protection for Shakespeare baptism church

Mon 26 Sep 2016
By Alex Williams

There is a fresh bid to ensure the church where William Shakespeare was baptised and buried is protected for future generations.

The Church of the Holy Trinity in Stratford-upon-Avon is being relisted on the National Heritage List for England as part of commemorations marking the 400th anniversary of The Bard's death.

Tracey Crouch, Heritage Minister, said: "I'm delighted that so many sites associated with our nation's strong theatrical heritage will now be protected."

The connection between the Grade I listed 13th century landmark and the prolific playwright is referenced in the inscription on a ledger stone and a surviving monument on the chancel.

The Church of the Holy Trinity is among five landmarks in the Stratford-upon-Avon having their entries on the National Heritage List for England revised and updated in memory of William Shakespeare's death.

The remaining four are the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the Shakespeare Monument, the Shakespeare Memorial Fountain and the Gower Monument.

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Meanwhile, the archaeological remains of two Elizabethan playhouses in London, the Theatre (pictured above) and the Hope, are joining the Rose and the Globe to become scheduled monuments, in a move to celebrate Britain's theatre history.

Duncan Wilson, chief executive of government heritage agency Historic England, said: "The archaeological remains of the first and last Elizabethan playhouses to be built in London give us fleeting glimpses of a fascinating period in the history of theatre.

"They are where some of the world's greatest stories were first told and it is wonderful that they remain today, bearing witness to our fascinating past.

"Their cultural importance, particularly their connections with Shakespeare and Marlowe, means they deserve protection as part of England's precious historic fabric."

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