Architects Restore Shakespeare’s Grave

14 May 2008 (Last Updated May 14th, 2008 11:44)

An architecture firm in the UK has been bringing Shakespeare's resting place back to life. Stainburn Taylor Architects has been restoring the Collegiate Church of The Holy Trinity on the west bank of the River Avon – famous for being William Shakespeare's resting place and where he was

An architecture firm in the UK has been bringing Shakespeare's resting place back to life.

Stainburn Taylor Architects has been restoring the Collegiate Church of The Holy Trinity on the west bank of the River Avon – famous for being William Shakespeare's resting place and where he was baptised.

Inspecting architect Ian Stainburn says the building itself, which is largely constructed from locally sourced blue/grey lias with Hornton stone dressings, has deteriorated substantially "with major cracks developing in all facets".

Water is entering the spire and timber inside is decaying, while the pinnacles and corbels are severely eroded and becoming unstable.

And the firm has also been asked to restore and preserve Shakespeare's tombstone, laid in 1616.

The tombstone has a curse, composed by the writer, saying anyone who moves it could meet with a bad fate.

Stainburn says the firm will not have to move the slab.

By staff writer