Site of Early Medieval Monastery at Stratford

Description of this historic site

Documentary evidence suggests that this might be the site of an Early Medieval monastery, beneath the present Holy Trinity Church, at Stratford on Avon.

Notes about this historic site

1 The remoteness of the church (MWA1022) from the centre of the town is probably to be explained by the conjecture, mentioned by Leland, that it occupies the site of the monastery which existed in Stratford in Saxon times. Twenty hides of land belonging to Ethelhard, sub-king of the Hwiccas, were granted to Egwin, third Bishop of Worcester (693-714). After the exchange a monastery seems to have been founded here. References to the monastery occur in the 9th century and the last reference is in 872. Note that the boundary is only suggested, it may have been much larger.