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AVON WATERS GO SOFTLY BY THE CHURCH WHERE SHAKESPEARE LIES

AVON WATERS GO SOFTLY BY THE CHURCH WHERE SHAKESPEARE LIES

A lovely situation by the river and the possession of Shakespeare's tomb are not all the riches of this beautiful church. The building itself is very fine and has a story worth reading. The tower, the transepts, and perhaps parts of the nave belong to the Early English period (1189-1272). The north aisle, which is Decorated, once boasted a Lady Chapel while the south aisle owned an altar to St. Thomas of Canterbury, erected by John de Stratford, afterwards Archbishop of Canterbury, who also founded a chantry and college of priests to worship in the church. The tower was formerly topped by a wooden spire and this was replaced in 1763-4 by the present one, eighty-three feet high.

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