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There is plenty to in­ter­est the viewer in this pic­ture from 1959. If you could read the name on the half- tim­bered ho­tel then you would guess the location im­me­di­ately but its Tu­dor de­sign is also a big clue. Nearer the cam­era is the grimy town hall re­flect­ing a smoky past com­mon to all towns when heat­ing was mainly by coal.

In the fore­ground is a Ford Con­sul in a shade of green pop­u­lar in the early Fifties while be­yond is a later Ford, prob­a­bly a Zephyr, then maybe an Austin West­min­ster and fi­nally a Baby Austin A35.

Per­haps the most in­ter­est­ing as­pect of the pho­to­graph, how­ever, is the two park­ing signs. The one on the right says “No Wait­ing This Side To­day, 8am to 8pm”. Look closely and you can see it is hinged, then look across the road to its un­hinged twin. In pre- dou­ble- yel­low line times, street park­ing was per­mit­ted on each side but on dif­fer­ent days!

The ho­tel is the Shake­speare while in the dis­tance is Nash’s House, an­other well- pre­served black- and­white Tu­dor build­ing.

Out of sight op­po­site the Guild Chapel is a gar­den on the site of New Place, a house bought by the Bard who died there in 1616 but was de­mol­ished in 1759. The chapel’s 12 pin­na­cles are tem­po­rar­ily miss­ing for ren­o­va­tion and restora­tion.

The town? Strat­ford- upon- Avon in War­wick­shire.

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