Best known for its association with William Shakespeare, the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon has been a significant pilgrimage site for centuries. It was in this 13th century church that the legendary poet was christened as an infant, where he worshipped, and is the place of his burial.
But aside from this history, Holy Trinity Church boasts some of England’s most magnificent stained glass windows, some of which survived the Reformation and Civil War without being completely destroyed. During the Victorian era, noted stained glass artist Charles Eamer Kempe created some of the more recent windows which can be seen on the south wall of the church.
These fine examples of craftsmanship were the focus of a massive campaign launched by Holy Trinity Church and by the group Friends of Shakespeare’s Church in 2011 and 2012. The church underwent some structural repairs to the roof in 2011, and following this, focus turned to the windows.
In 2012, American Friends of British Art made a grant toward the restoration and cleaning of the stained and painted glass windows in the amount of $5,000 USD.