Standing on the corner of Church Street and Chapel Lane, the Guild Chapel is one of Stratford-upon-Avon’s best-known and most important historic buildings.
Standing across from Shakespeare’s final home, New Place, the Guild Chapel has long associations with the playwright and his family, and with the Clopton family too. With a history dating back to 1269 it’s an integral and fascinating part of the history of Stratford-upon-Avon, now forming part of the estate of Stratford Town Trust
The Chapel houses some of the finest medieval wall paintings in Europe, covered up on orders given to Shakespeare’s father in the 16th century following the Reformation, when he was the then Chamberlain of the Corporation of Stratford.
They were discovered under layers of limewash many hundreds of years later and are recognised as some of the very finest surviving.
Exciting works to conserve and showcase the paintings continues, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
This work began in 2016, as part of the project 'Death Reawakened'
The Chapel is open daily to visitors, with voluntary contributions towards the conservation work invited. It remains as place of worship, used every week by the pupils of King Edward VI Grammar School and with a service of Holy Communion open to all at 10am every Wednesday.
The Chapel also hosts recitals and dramatic performances, its exceptional acoustics and wonderful new organ – inaugurated by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2014 - making it an ideal venue for events
Weddings are also held, subject to a special licence.
The Guild Chapel is maintained by Stratford Town Trust, with the support of the Friends of the Guild Chapel