The mysterious crypt at All Saints, Billesley, Stratford Upon Avon - one of the churches rumoured to be William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway’s wedding venue in 1582 - has been opened for the first time as part of ongoing conservation work by The Churches Conservation Trust to protect this historic church.
Billesley is a Grade I listed ancient monument that dates from the 11th Century. It is among a clutch of churches around Stratford including Temple Grafton, Luddington and Holy Trinity Stratford that lay claim to being the venue of William and Anne’s wedding.
The mystery of Shakespeare’s wedding venue has become an international puzzle with historians both professional and amateur exploring the folklore and tales of time for clues. However, no parish registers survive from that time to prove theories one way or the other. Read more.