The Guild Chapel, Stratford-upon-Avon, stands across the street from Shakespeare’s New Place – the site of William Shakespeare’s family home. Dating back to 1269, the Guild Chapel is an important and historic building.
So what can you expect when you visit The Guild Chapel in Stratford-upon-Avon?
The Guild Chapel
Chapel Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6EP
What’s at The Guild Chapel, Stratford-upon-Avon?
The fascinating story of The Guild Chapel in Stratford-upon-Avon goes back to the 13th century, when the Guild of the Holy Cross built the chapel we see today.
The chapel’s wall paintings are extremely rare. Work continues today to uncover the somewhat macabre paintings, which were meant to be destroyed during the English Reformation. It was an order carried out by William Shakespeare’s father John, an important figure in Stratford-upon-Avon. Thankfully, he only limewashed over the paintings, which actually helped to preserve them. Their details – bit by bit – are being unearthed.
It’s a beautiful chapel, and not always high on the must-see lists of visitors or locals. Put it on yours.
Don’t miss at The Guild Chapel
The wall paintings, which feature scenes of heaven, hell, the saints and the afterlife.
Location of The Guild Chapel
At the corner of Church Street and Chapel Lane, and just across the road from Shakespeare’s New Place.
The Guild Chapel price
The Guild Chapel is free to enter, though donations are appreciated.
The Stratfordblog verdict
Along with New Place, The Guild Chapel is usually quiet enough to simply sit awhile, allowing the history of Stratford-upon-Avon to seep peacefully in.
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