It is April 23rd and it is St George’s Day. It is also Shakespeare’s birthday, or at least the day we celebrate as being his birthday, as no-one knows for sure. What we do know is that he was baptised on 26th April 1564. His father was a glove-maker in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon and the picture above is of the family home, where William was born. The house itself is quite a substantial dwelling, a wattle and daub structure around a wooden frame. It fell into disrepair once it passed out of the hands of the Shakespeare family and when it was put up for sale in the 19th Century P.T. Barnum expressed an interest in buying it and transporting it brick by brick to the states.
As you can see that didn’t happen, a private member’s bill was introduced into parliament and a Trust was formed to purchase the property and restore it to it’s former state. It forms the logical backdrop for the start of the annual parade usually on the Saturday closest to 23rd April. These photos were taken on a visit three years ago.