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Guildhall,king Edward Vi Grammar School

A Grade I Listed Building in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Latitude: 52.1904 / 52°11'25"N

Longitude: -1.708 / 1°42'28"W

OS Eastings: 420055

OS Northings: 254723

OS Grid: SP200547

Mapcode National: GBR 4LT.M0C

Mapcode Global: VHBY0.B6WP

Entry Name: Guildhall,king Edward Vi Grammar School

Listing Date: 25 October 1951

Last Amended: 4 April 1994

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1187780

English Heritage Legacy ID: 366199

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37

County: Warwickshire

District: Stratford-on-Avon

Civil Parish: Stratford-upon-Avon

Built-Up Area: Stratford-upon-Avon

Traditional County: Warwickshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Warwickshire

Church of England Parish: Stratford on Avon Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Coventry

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Listing Text


604-1/10/52 (East side)
25/10/51 Guildhall, King Edward VI Grammar
(Formerly Listed as:
(East side)
King Edward VI Grammar School; The
Old Vicarage; The Pedagogue's House)


Formerly known as: Guildhall (part) CHURCH STREET.
Guildhall, now school, incorporating slightly earlier house to
rear. c1417, bay to left end slightly later. For the Guild of
the Holy Cross. Timber-frame with plaster infill on renewed
ashlar base; tile roof. L-plan.
2 storeys; 6-window range. 1st floor jettied on joist ends
with moulded bressumer. Entry to left end bay has iron gates.
Ground floor has 5-light windows with leaded glazing behind
diagonal wood mullions and plain sills, 3-light window to left
end; 1st floor has 4-light windows, but one to left end of 2
lights and one to centre of 3 lights, leaded glazing. Close
studding with tension braces to right end.
Rear has jettied 1st floor and gabled wing to left with inner
return lean-to outshut and outer return gabled wing; return
entrance and elliptical arch to through-passage; varied
fenestration including large 6- and 7-light diagonal-mullioned
windows to ground floor, cross-casements to 1st floor; wing
has 1st floor 4-light ovolo-mullioned and transomed window,
similar 3-light windows to gabled dormers to outshut, one to
INTERIOR: hall has double-chamfered beams and C15 moulded
spine beam, blocked south window; signs of dais and remains of
C15 wall paintings and inscription; C20 stair and original
winding stair. Over Hall has varying arch-braced tie beam
trusses with collars and struts, signs of partitioning to 2nd
from south; plaster panel with inscribed names etc, and old
desks and master's chair; wing (armoury) has early C17
panelling and fireplace with painted Stuart arms, ogee-headed
doorway has remains of painted decoration; upper room has
moulded ceiling beams to c1500 ceiling now removed and
painting of Tudor roses etc; ogee-headed doorway with battened
wide-boarded door with strap hinges.
HISTORICAL NOTE: the guild was founded in 1269 and refounded
after amalgamations in 1403; it was suppressed in 1547 and the
Guildhall passed to the corporation, who used the hall for
meetings until 1842; plays were performed here 1569 and later.
The guild's school was reconstituted as the present grammar
school in 1555, the Over Hall being used for teaching; its
most notable pupil was, it is said, William Shakespeare,
(VCH (offprint): Styles P: The Borough of Stratford-upon-Avon
and the Parish of Alveston: London: 1946-: 12; Fogg N:
Stratford-upon-Avon: Portrait of a Town: Chichester: 1986-:
3-9, 19; Forrest H E: The Old Houses of Stratford-upon-Avon:
London: 1925-: 129FF; Puddephat W: The Guild Chapel & Other
Guild Buildings of Stratford-upon-Avon: Stratford-upon-Avon:

Listing NGR: SP2011354695

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