'Friends' Rushing to Save Shakespeare's Church

LONDON – The crumbling church in Stratford where William Shakespeare worshipped and was buried is in urgent need of around one million pounds to restore it to its former glory.

The Holy Trinity Church is the oldest church in the town, dating back to the 13th century, and is the church where Shakespeare was baptized, where he worshipped with his family and where he lies buried in the chancel.

A major tourist attraction, the church welcomes thousands of visitors through its doors each year.

But the popularity of Holy Trinity has taken its toll as it now faces a list of repairs totaling £1 million ($1.97 million).

The Friends of Shakespeare’s Church have rushed together a fundraising campaign to raise the money, which will go towards repairing the tower and spire, the chancel roof, windows and stonework.

A spokesman said the restoration work was carried out in stages but funding to make repairs to the whole church is thought to be around £1 million ($1.97 million), reported icCoventry.

"The New Year brings with it a focus on the fund to help solve the immediate crisis of the tower and spire,” the spokesman stated.

"We call it the Save Our Spire fund – £200,000 ($394,000) is urgently needed."