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Saturday, March 25, 2017
Shakespeare's church in danger
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¬†The church where William Shakespeare was baptised and buried, is under threat after dry rot and death-watch beetle were found in the main trusses of its chancel. Holy Trinity, the 13th century parish church, on the banks of the river Avon, is one of the most-visited historic churches in England. But the chancel, north and south aisles and north and south transepts are all in urgent need of repair. The Friends of Holy Trinity Church said the bill for restoration work is around £150,000. Catherine Penn, one of the trustees of the Friends, which was launched last summer, said work to repair the crumbling parapet was almost complete but other vital repairs are ongoing at the Grade I listed building. She said the Friends had just handed over a cheque for £30,000, but tourist numbers were much lower than usual, due to the downturn in visitor numbers in the wake of September 11 and the recent SARS scare. "We are hopeful things will improve this year and if anyone wants to sponsor a gargoyle we would be more than happy to hear from them," she said. Shakespeare was baptised at Holy Trinity on 26 April, 1564 and was buried at the church on 25 April, 1616, two days after his death.
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