I was going to blog about something ephemeral, academic, insightful and rich today … but then realised that I’m feeling energised by a relaxing weekend in Stratford, the home of Shakespeare, and felt it worth blogging about a few things that were intriguing there.
One of the most intriguing things in Stratford is HSBC’s bank branch.
The bank owns one of Stratford's few Victorian Gothic buildings, and stands at a key junction where examples of 16th century, 18th century, 19th century and 20th century buildings combine to create a small microcosm of history.
The building itself is made from red brick and decorated with red terracotta tiles.
Several of these tiles are actually friezes and sculptures that illustrate Shakespeare’s works.