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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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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 […]

MoU with University of York signed

SARA Aspley, Stratford Town Trust’s Chief Executive, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Departments of Archaeology and History at the University of York. Dr Kate Giles and colleagues from the University’s Centre for the Study of Christianity & Culture have been working with the Trust for over ten years, researching the Guild Chapel’s remarkable surviving scheme of medieval […]