I love the decorative details on old buildings and can’t resist taking pictures of them. These curious, delightful, often non-functional elements speak eloquently of times and tastes and the skills of craftspeople. Nowadays we get sheets of glass and stone with a sculpture by a named artist in front, if we’re lucky. I guess new buildings work better in terms of energy efficiency and traffic flow, but I love the anonymous artwork carved and wrought by artisans long ago.
I take pictures of these sorts of things everywhere I go. Today I’m sharing some of my favorites from Stratford-upon-Avon, a wonderful place to take pictures, if you get up before the traffic starts!
That’s the Church of the Holy Trinity, still an active place of worship, welcoming to tourists of all creeds. They don’t even mind if you take pictures, provided you keep that flash turned off. Shakespeare was baptized here and buried here. He saw these evocative details every Sunday when he was growing up.
Anne Hathaway’s House
I’ve blogged about this house before and how much I enjoy visiting. I’ve been twice and would gladly go again, especially in the depths of winter, a season I don’t know much about, being a Texan and all. The secret is to arrive at 9:00 when they open. The tour buses don’t show up until 10:00, so you can have the house all to yourself for a whole hour. They let you take flash-free pictures too. The light is soft and delicious. I only have a few exterior details, so I’ll give you some close-ups of furniture too.
John Hall’s House
John Hall was a physician and Shakespeare’s son-in-law. He held a B.A. and an M.A. from Cambridge, quite a step up for the Shakespeares. He was the only doctor in town when he married Susanna in 1607. By that time, Shakespeare had made his name as a playwright and quite a bit of money producing plays. John and Susanna’s house is the one I would live in if I could. It’s perfect. I have lots of photos of the interior and the gardens which I’ll share with y’all sometime. Today it’s just a few exterior details.
Walking around town