shakespeare birthplace trust
I clearly remember the first lecture on Shakespeare at university. Open swung the door and in came the lecturer waving in her hands a journal with Shakespeare's signatures and portraits and out flew, self-consciously, the first sentence: "Shakespeare never wrote those plays!" What followed was a dismissive rant about Shakespeare and Stratford-upon-Avon.
Today (July 18) is a sad day in Stratford upon Avon for all of us who've been trying to stop 800 houses and a new road being built on historic land behind Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Shakespeare's hamlet of Shottery.
In a couple of days' time, Stratford on Avon District Council goes to court in its latest attempt to stop 800 houses and a fast link road being built on historic greenfield in the hamlet of Shottery, right behind the family cottage of Shakespeare's wife, Anne Hathaway.