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The Historic Spine Project

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The Historic Spine Project

Stratford Upon Avon Society By Stratford Upon Avon Society

The Historic Spine Project aims to highlight the rich diversity of the buildings lying along the route from Shakespeare's Birthplace to the Holy Trinity Church.

Stratford-upon-Avon Delivery stage

pledged of £32,161

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

The Spine is a historic main route linking the original settlement around the parish church to the commercial heart of the fully-fledged market town centred on the Market Hall, now Barclays Bank, at the top of Bridge Street. Along this route - High Street, Chapel Street, Church Street and Old Town - is grouped a fine series of buildings from all periods, medieval to Victorian, including all but one of the town’s Grade I buildings and eleven of its fifteen buildings scheduled as Grade II. Our current scheme is the placing ceramic plaques by the buildings describing their history and significance. 10 of the 18 initially planned are in place or ready. Accurate dating of the buildings is critical both to the project and to enrich our knowledge of the town's heritage, and so we propose, wherever possible, a ring dating process, dendrochronology, for the timber-framed buildings.

What we'll deliver:

  • At least 8 additional Ceramic Plaques to bring the total to 18
  • Dendrochronology for at least 6 timber buildings
  • information about the plaques and the buildings on the spine

Why it's a great idea:

Already the installed plaques are increasing the community's interest in the buildings along the Historic Spine. Achieving the funding required to install a further 8 plaques would further increase this effect and help to promote customer interest in local business in the town centre area around the Spine.

Steps to get it done:

  • Dendrochronology completed for one building
  • Plaque created for first building
  • Plaque laid outside first building
  • All dendrochronology completed
  • All plaques created
  • All plaques laid

The project was initiated, and is led, by the Stratford Society. A working group which includes local councillors and representatives from other bodies with an interest in the success of the scheme, including the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Town Trust, Stratforward and King Edward VI School. Visit the Historic Spine guide website to find out more:

Location Stratford-upon-Avon

About the space

The Historic Spine - Henley St, High St, Chapel St, Church street and Old Town


Stratford-on-Avon District Council

How will the money be spent?Total £32,160

New Plaques - £12,000 (37%)
Current plaques - £10,000 (31%)
New Dendrochronology - £8,000 (25%)
Other - £2,160 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

New Plaques
Current plaques
New Dendrochronology
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • an informational pamphlet, cover the cost of secondary dendrochronology, create more plaques in the future

Total £32,160

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