‘The Swan of Avon’

‘The Swan of Avon’


Painted on our ‘Garrick Inn’ building, based on the public house at 25 High Street, Stratford on Avon. It is thought to have been built in 1596, with much older parts dating back to the 14thC and as such is one of the oldest buildings in Stratford, Grade II listed—and is said to be haunted by more than one ghost….. It became a pub in 1718, so although Shakespeare would have known the building well, not from drinking in.

We produced the Garrick Inn ceramic between 1991 and 2000, but have brought this lovely Tudor building back into circulation, previously in a small edition to celebrate the Queen as longest serving monarch (‘Best of the Bunch’) and now to celebrate this great son of Stratford. Shakespeare may have known the building well (a ’new-build when he was 32)  but not from drinking in, as it became a pub in 1718.

There are alterations to the mould from the original. It features Shakespeare’s own crest, and on the sign, a portrait of Shakespeare one side and the black swan on the other side.

We will be producing 400 of ‘The Swan of Avon’




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