Corporation mace of Stratford-upon-Avon

For the classroom

The mace of the Corporation of Stratford-upon-Avon


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The flanges


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The bowl


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The coat of arms


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The Sergeant at Mace of Hedon, East Yorkshire

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The mace dates to about AD 1415.

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Newtown mace in Carisbrooke Castle Museum

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The mace dates from about the same time as the Stratford mace. It has both the royal coat of arms and the Commonwealth arms engraved on the plate at the end. During the Civil War the Commonwealth arms were engraved and put uppermost by a supporter of the Parliamentarian cause, and most likely reversed again on the restoration of the monarchy in 1660.

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Chrismatory with three oil bottles; about AD 1500.

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Book of Common Prayer

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Book of Common Prayer, a product of the Reformation.

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A family saying grace

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A family saying grace before a meal; about AD 1585.

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Interior of the Chapel of the Guild of the Holy Cross

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3D digital model of the interior of the Chapel of the Guild of the Holy Cross in Stratford-upon-Avon. You need to install and enable a plug-in to use this.

Visit the site http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue32/1/GuildChapelInterface3.html

Virtual tour of St Mary’s Church

Source: english-heritage.org.uk

Virtual tour of St Mary’s Church, Kempley, Gloucestershire; shows pre-Reformation wall paintings and the effects of whitewashing.

Visit the site http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/st-marys-church-kempley/virtual-tour/

BBC Class Clip about churches in the period before the Reformation

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See this video on bbc.co.uk http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/why-was-religion-so-important-to-tudor-people/162.html

BBC Class Clip on how the Reformation changed churches

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See this video on bbc.co.uk http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/how-did-the-reformation-change-church-buildings/170.html

Overview of the Reformation

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Visit the site http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/guides/zrpcwmn/revision

Outside the classroom

Here are some relevant museums and sites to visit.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Source: shakespeare.org.uk

Visit the site http://www.shakespeare.org.uk/home.html

Chapel of the Guild of the Holy Cross in Stratford-upon-Avon

Source: stratfordguildchapel-friends.org.uk

Visit the site http://www.stratfordguildchapel-friends.org.uk/

Guild Chapel in Pulham St Mary, Norfolk

Source: pennoyers.org.uk

Visit the site http://www.pennoyers.org.uk/history.html

Merchant Adventurers Hall, York

Source: theyorkcompany.co.uk

Visit the site http://www.theyorkcompany.co.uk/index.php

Blakeney Guildhall, Norfolk

Source: english-heritage.org.uk

Visit the site http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/blakeney-guildhall/

St Mary’s Church, Kempley, Gloucestershire

Source: english-heritage.org.uk

Visit the site http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/st-marys-church-kempley/

The dissolution of the monasteries was a significant aspect of the reformation of Henry VIII

Source: english-heritage.org.uk

A list of abbeys and monasteries from English Heritage.

Visit the site http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/siteSearch?showTotals=true&terms=Monasteries&mode=Site&type=Property&page=1

Corporation mace of Stratford-upon-Avon