This shelf of The Library offers a wealth of links to further information about Stratford-upon-Avon on the world wide web.

There's also a selection of books perfect for discovering more about the historic town and its half-timbered buildings. Track them down in a local library or, for selected titles, order your own copy from the online bookstore Amazon using the links provided.

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Mushroom Guide to Stratford-upon-Avon
Guide to the town. Comprehensive information for the visitor, tourist, traveller or resident. Including museums, places of interest and tourist attractions.

Shakespeare’s Stratford on the Web
Guide to Stratford-upon-Avon and its surroundings for visitors of all kinds: tourists, business people, conference attendees, RSC theatre goers, holidaymakers, shoppers, and local inhabitants.

Stratford upon Avon Video

This video - available in HD - from was designed to show off some of what Stratford-upon-Avon had to offer to visitors in 2010, such as the RSC theatre, Shakespeare's Birthplace, and Anne Hathaway's cottage; and in the course of which also shows some of the wide range of architectural styles that give the town its character.

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Stratford-upon-Avon: portrait of a town, by Nicholas Fogg
(Chichester: Phillimore, 1986)

Written by a native of the town, this is as much a celebration of the lives of ordinary Stratfordians, revealing what people thought and did in the past, as it is a history of England in microcosm, charting the interplay of national and parochial life. Based on lengthy research in the town's archives, many fascinating new details of the world-renowned town are revealed in this readable book.

The History of an English borough: Stratford-upon-Avon, 1196-1996, edited by Robert Bearman
(Stroud: Sutton Publishing, 1997)

Without Shakespeare the town of Stratford would still have a fascinating history, as this collection of eleven essays published to mark the town's 800th anniversary shows. The resulting study of how a fording point across the Avon has provided an ideal place for human settlement since Roman times and has been developed over time to suit changing contemporary needs will interest anyone wishing to know more about urban and local history.
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Holy Trinity Church Stratford-upon-Avon
Probably England's most-visited parish church, and the burial-place of William Shakespeare.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust looks after the five historic Shakespeare houses and provides a modern education centre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The houses and their relationship to William Shakespeare are, Shakespeare's Birthplace, his childhood home and adjoining glove-making workshop of his father; Anne Hathaway's Cottage, the childhood home of wife Anne and home to the Hathaway family over nearly six centuries; Mary Arden's Farm, home of William's grandparents and childhood home of his mother, Mary; Hall's Croft, seventeenth-century home of William's eldest daughter, Susanna, and her husband Dr John Hall; and Nash's House and New Place, Nash's House where Thomas Nash and his wife Elizabeth, William's granddaughter, lived, and the site of the later demolished New Place, where William died in 1616.

Stratford upon Avon Video

A video from Calessi's YouTube channel of a personal visit to Stratford-upon-Avon around Shakespeare's birthday 2008, showing Henley Street and the birthplace, together with extensive views of Holy Trinity Church, the burial place of William Shakespeare. There is also a view of the knot garden at New Place.

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Discovering timber-framed buildings, by Richard Harris
(London: Shire Publications, 1978)

How and why were half-timbered buildings, like the many still to be found in Stratford's town centre, constructed? What were the people like who built and originally lived in them, and what are the various features to look out for when viewing these buildings today? This pocket-sized book provides a comprehensive introduction to a traditional and picturesque form of architecture. Varying styles to be found in different parts of England are also described together with examples worthwhile visiting. Fully illustrated with drawings by the author and a selection of photographs.
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The Pattern of English building, by Alec Clifton-Taylor
(London: Faber, 1972)

In this ground-breaking book on domestic architecture, Alec Clifton-Taylor succeeds in his aim of showing the close relationship between the geology of England and the traditional materials which determined regional building styles. Materials are considered in turn, concentrating on differing stone deposits but also covering timber, thatch and man-made materials such as plaster and glass. Copiously illustrated, well indexed, and with a glossary and bibliography.
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Building in England down to 1540: a documentary history, by L.F. Salzman
(Oxford:OUP, 1952)

The value of this classic book on medieval English architecture is that it concentrates on the process of building rather than the physical form. Drawing on the wealth of building documents available, it is able to present a detailed picture of the medieval contruction workforce, the working conditions, and the building practices for a range of typical materials and elements. A feature of this important study is the space given over to providing transcriptions of the principal documentary evidence.
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