This morning we had a beautiful drive from London to Oxford, where we toured Trinity College. Trinity is one of 38 colleges that make up the University of Oxford. Originally a monestary, the buildings of Trinity became part of Oxford when Henry the 8th banned Catholicism and the monks had to leave. The university is over 800 years old, the earliest record of Oxford the town is early 900s. A Saxon-built tower still stands in the town and dates back to early 1000s.
From Oxford we drove to Stratford-upon-Avon and toured the childhood home of Anne Hathaway, wife of William Shakespeare. Built in 1463, the cottage was lived in by the Hathaway family until the early 1900s. It has been preserved and still has a thatched roof. The students loved the circular woven garden seat and the view of the sheep and baby lambs in the field next door!
Then we toured the childhood home of William Shakespeare. In the garden we were entertained by a young actor reciting bits of famous acts from Shakespeare’s plays. A stroll through the town to Holy Trinity Church where the Bard was buried then a walk along the river to dinner rounded out the day. Dinner was in a pub dating back to Shakespeare’s times and is rumored to be haunted. We didn’t see any ghosts but did have a really great English meat pie for dinner!
Tomorrow we are off to Warwick Castle, so stay tuned!