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Standing on the corner of Church Street and Chapel Lane, the Guild Chapel is one of Stratford-upon-Avon’s most iconic and important historic buildings.

Its rich history dates back to the 13th Century when it was built by the Guild of the Holy Cross, a prominent social and religious organisation. As the Guild grew and prospered, so did its chapel, becoming central to medieval life in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Today, almost half a millennia later, the Chapel’s rare and special wall paintings offer a unique glimpse back to that medieval past. What’s been (and continues to be) uncovered is one of the rarest series of medieval wall paintings in Europe.

These deathly depictions of the afterlife were banned following the English Reformation – a royal order acted on here in Stratford by John Shakespeare, father of the playwright. But rather than being destroyed, the paintings were instead covered with layers of limewash, waiting for centuries to be re-discovered…

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Chapel wins UK Heritage Award

THE CHAMPAGNE corks have been popping once again for the team at Stratford’s Guild Chapel – this time winning a prestigious prize at the 2019 UK Heritage Awards. The awards were handed out at an exclusive ceremony celebrating the best heritage experiences and places to stay in the UK, hosted at Grocer’s Hall in London on 25th March. The UK […]

New app opens window to the past

TECHNOLOGY is unlocking a window to the past at Stratford’s Guild Chapel – allowing visitors to see the building and its paintings in all their medieval glory for the first time in almost 500 years. It’s all possible thanks to a new app – which gives people a virtual reality view of how the Chapel would have looked when its […]