Information for record number MWA7173:
Medieval Guild Hall, Stratford upon Avon

Summary A Medieval guildhall which is now in use as a school. It is situated off Chapel Lane, Stratford upon Avon.
What Is It?  
Type: Guildhall, Building
Period: Medieval (1066 AD - 1539 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Stratford upon Avon
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 20 54
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
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1 The Guild Hall dates from 1417 and now forms part of the Grammar School premises. The ground floor, once the hall where the Guild met is currently used as a teaching area; upstairs, the roof trusses and other interior timbers are exposed, although it is clear that originally this area was divided into rooms.
2 Tree ring analysis indicated that the majority of dated timbers of the Guildhall complex were cut in a single programme of felling, and this felling was estimated to have occurred in AD 1410-35. Analysis of a timber from an inserted ceeiling was shown to be of a later date, probably not having been felled before AD 1447.
3Guildhall: Medieval wall paintings showing the seal of the Guild of the Holy Cross flanked by the Virgin Mary and St John the Baptist.

Source No: 1
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Stratford upon Avon, a History of its Streets and Buildings
Author/originator: R. Bearman
Date: 1988
Page Number: 24
Source No: 2
Source Type: Building Survey
Title: The Guildhall Complex and Pedagogue's House, Stratford-upon-Avon
Author/originator: English Heritage, Research Dept report series no 68/2006
Date: 2006
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Source No: 3
Source Type: Conservation Plan
Title: Digest of the Conservation Management Plan, the Guild Hall and Pedagogue’s House, King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon
Author/originator: Mulryne R
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period Medieval 1066 AD to 1539 AD (the 11th century AD to the 16th century AD)

The medieval period comes after the Saxon period and before the post medieval period.

The Medieval period begins in 1066 AD.
This was the year that the Normans, led by William the Conqueror (1066 – 1087), invaded England and defeated Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings in East Sussex.
The Medieval period includes the first half of the Tudor period (1485 – 1603 AD), when the Tudor family reigned in England and eventually in Scotland too.

The end of the Medieval period is marked by Henry VIII’s (1509 – 1547) order for the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the years running up to 1539 AD. The whole of this period is sometimes called the Middle Ages.
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monument HOUSE * A building for human habitation, especially a dwelling place. Use more specific type where known. back
monument GUILDHALL * Traditionally, the hall of a crafts, trade, or merchants' guild. Nowadays, often used to describe a TOWN HALL. back
monument SCHOOL * An establishment in which people, usually children, are taught. back
monument BUILDING * A structure with a roof to provide shelter from the weather for occupants or contents. Use specific type where known. back
monument GRAMMAR SCHOOL * A school founded in or before the 16th century, for teaching Latin, later becoming a secondary school teaching languages, history, science, etc. back
monument FLOOR * A layer of stone, brick or boards, etc, on which people tread. Use broader site type where known. back
monument WALL PAINTING * A painting executed directly onto a wall. back
monument CHAPEL * A freestanding building, or a room or recess serving as a place of Christian worship in a church or other building. Use more specific type where known. back
monument TREE RING * Trees planted in an ornamental circle. For earthwork surrounding trees use TREE ENCLOSURE RING. back
monument CROSS * A free-standing structure, in the form of a cross (+), symbolizing the structure on which Jesus Christ was crucified and sacred to the Christian faith. Use specific type where known. back

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