The Historic Spine

Less obvious at first glance is the ‘historic spine', the main route through the town which provided the vital link between the new town centre and the old parish church. High Street, as its name indicates, was one of the earliest streets to be developed. It was the continuation of this, via Chapel Street, Church Street and Old Town, which was to provide that link

It is no accident that along this age-old route are to be found the finest of Stratford's buildings, ranging in date from the fourteenth to the twentieth centuries. At the ‘town end' it can be extended north-west along the line of Henley Street, another old route incorporated into the ‘new town'.

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