Stratford paintings saved from destruction by Shakespeare's father



2016-03-07 09:40:48

John Shakespeare, father of William Shakespeare has been credited with saving a number of priceless paintings from being destroyed by King Henry VIII, after they were found hidden in a chapel in Stratford-upon Avon.

The paintings were hung in the Guild Chapel in Stratford during the Reformation when John Shakespeare was Bailiff of the town when King Henry VIII ordered that they be destroyed.

Rather than fulfill the King's wishes, Shakespeare hid the paintings by covering them with whitewash. Now, they are to be put back on display after the Heritage Lottery Fund was given a £100,000 grant to restore the images. 

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