Shakespeare's Stratford reminds us of a forgotten, morbid England | Jonathan Jones

By Jonathan Jones

The cult around Shakespeare has led to the restoration of murals in Stratford-upon-Avon, whitewashed over by his father. They're far from masterpieces, but they do show us an England in thrall to devils and death

Stratford-upon-Avon is a town preserved not in amber but by language. The words of its most famous son have made this Warwickshire town a sacred spot ever since the great actor David Garrick staged a Shakespeare jubilee at Stratford in 1769. That date is significant. It's in the very early days of the industrial revolution, when Britain had barely been modernised and many medieval as well as Tudor buildings were still in use. A world we have lost could still be found.

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