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GUILD CHAPEL UPDATE


The Guild Chapel is at the very centre of our history and home to some of the most important medieval wall paintings in Europe.


The conservation of the Chapel’s Doom painting in 2016 as part of the Death Reawakened project revealed only a fraction of the beauty and importance of these extraordinary paintings. We know that the north and south walls of the chancel were covered with a series of images depicting the Discovery of the relics of the True Cross by the Empress Helena. Over the chancel arch was a typical Doom painting, showing souls of the dead rising from their graves to receive Christ’s Judgement. On the south wall of the nave is what is believed to be scenes from the Life of Adam. On the north is the Dance of Death and on the west wall of the nave were popular saints, including St. Thomas Becket and St. George and the Dragon.


Starting in 2020 we will seek funding for a further phase of conservation with the project Death Revealed that will undertake a full assessment of the condition and costing of conservation works for the remaining paintings, and for designs to adapt Dykes Bower’s 20th-century wooden panelling to facilitate public access to the paintings whilst preserving the significance of the scheme and its protection of the paintings.


OUR FIVE YEAR PLAN


Our Strategic Plan will be launched in autumn 2020 and will set our direction to 2025.


OUR MEMBERS


We are grateful for the valuable contribution our members make to Stratford Town Trust. However, we need to grow our membership to make that voice louder, stronger and more representative of our whole community.


Anyone over the age of 18 living in Stratford-upon-Avon can join for free at www.stratfordtowntrust.co.uk/joinus


CARING FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT


We're pleased to be developing a community orchard at Rowley Fields which will be for everyone to enjoy. Working with local specialist The Heritage Fruit Tree Company, the orchard will feature a variety of heritage fruit trees including quinces, medlars and gages along with the more traditional apples, pears, cherries and plums. Many of the varieties are native to Warwickshire, with names like Wyken Pippen, Merryweather and the


Warwickshire Drooper, and a mixture of early and late fruiting trees means the orchard should be appealing right through the summer months. At the centre of the orchard there will be a clearing for community events and for local schools to use as an outdoor classroom.


Protecting Rowley Fields as a vital recreational resource for the town is a continued priority to provide local people with an expanse of green space for exercise, solace and sunshine.


We have more plans to improve the field’s biodiversity, ecology and planting. Now, more than ever we understand how important these fields are to all of us. Working with Stratford District Council we are also looking at developing other green spaces such as Warwick Road Lands which could provide a green corridor and promote cycling, walking, provide electric car charging and help reduce traffic entering the town.


Stratford Town Trust Annual Report 2019


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