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Stratfordblog is the place to be for all the essential information on Stratford-upon-Avon.

Stratford-upon-Avon: The Basics includes a brief visitor’s guide, 5 reasons to love Stratford-upon-Avon,  a post about how to spend two days in Stratford-upon-Avon, My Stratford-upon-Avon, and a few basics on William Shakespeare and the history of this lovely Warwickshire town.

Stratford-upon-Avon: the basics

Had the pitter-patter of baby William’s feet not trodden the boards of the Henley Street home of the Shakespeares, you certainly wouldn’t be reading this before you visit Stratford-upon-Avon. It would simply be another medieval market town in the middle of England: pretty, but insignificant.

But wobble across the boards a knee-high William Shakespeare did, as his first words became sentences that became ideas that became some of the world’s most beloved pieces of literature.

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Stratford-upon-Avon history: the basics

Stratford-upon-Avon history is usually reduced to one fact: William Shakespeare was born here in 1564. A few embellishments might be scattered on top: he was born in a half-timbered house on Henley Street; his father, John Shakespeare, made gloves for a living; William was one of eight children, the eldest surviving son; we don’t know his actual date of birth (but we observe it on April 23). And that, for most, is enough Stratford-upon-Avon history for one day.

But spare just a couple of minutes – literally, two minutes – and let Stratfordblog take you on a whirlwind tour of Stratford-upon-Avon history: the basics.

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