- March 23, 2013
-- Tudor World-The Falstaff Experience is delighted to announce the unveiling of a new artist’s impression of how Stratford upon Avon may have looked in the 16th century. The streets, which were divided into 29 burbage plots in the 12th century by the Bishop of Worcester in a grid line, spreading out from the riverside, can still be seen today. Tudor World stands on one of the original 29 plots.
The recreated town is seen bustling with people, animals and stalls. There are even some pillories in the market place. Some notable items are missing such as cars, bikes, road markings and buildings for instance the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, which had not yet been built. However, New Place is still standing, as are the houses that use to sit in the middle of Bridge Street. The river, which would have been a source of trade, is much nearer to the streets. Many old buildings can still be recognised for example The Shrieve’s House, named after William Shrieve an archer in Henry VIII’s army and who used to live at what is now the multi-award winning Tudor World; as well as Shakespeare’
s Birthplace, The Grammar School, Hall’s Croft and The White Swan Tavern amongst others.
Tudor World commissioned Mr Jerry Heath, a well-known artist, to recreate his version of how Stratford looked during Shakespeare’
s time. Mr Heath has been involved in the art world for over 30 years. Beginning as a graphic designer on such projects as Blackpool's Golden Mile and many other well known landmarks, he moved into the world of character design, and spent 20 years on work for Disney in Paris, Warner Brothers and many more famous companies. During this period, he also created original characters for television shows, advertisements, products, and illustrations for books. He has continued to work on packaging illustrations for Thunderbirds, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dr. Who, Spiderman, Tom and Jerry, Power Rangers, The Flintstones and many other such familiar properties. He is still very active in these fields and continues to accept private commissions for paintings, illustrations and caricatures. Completely self-taught, Heath gives talks in schools about his experience and his experiences. He lives in Oxfordshire, England, with his wife and teenage son.
The 6’ x 4’ map of Elizabethan Stratford can be seen in The Tudor World museum from 1st April.