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The Stratford Society aims to protect the  heritage of our historic market town and its residents. Founded in 1966, it  offers non-political, professional expertise on the town's buildings and their  surroundings. It works with councils and other organisations locally and  nationally and promotes high quality design in keeping with the character of  this world famous and much visited town.
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Society Members Walking Tour of Harbury 7th June 2016

We are planning a members visit to Harbury, a village with a long history. People have been living here for 3000 years and it is mentioned in the Doomsday Book 1086. The name is derived from”Hereburgh’s Byrig”…….an Anglo Saxon term meaning a fortified village. Hereburgh is presumed to be a female leader of an Iron Age tribe who settled here in c 500 BC.

Would you like to learn more? Then do join us, for what I am sure will be an interesting visit.

Arrangements. (maximum20 people)

Meet our guide to begin at 2pm, in the Village Hall car park off Constance Drive.

Tour will last approx. 1/1 and a half hours ……….short inclines in places.

Linda Ridgely will kindly offer refreshments in her 16/17 th century cottage after the walk.

The Heritage Room can be open from 4pm to peruse their archive.

A donation towards the Heritage Fund per person would be very much appreciated.

Click Here to download a booking form to complete


In response to an article in last week's Stratford Herald, we have issued a statement regarding the proposed sale of Masons Court.

Since this statement was issued, our vice-chairman has made number of attempts to secure a meeting with The Stratford Town Trust with the intention to discuss the proposed sale. We asked for  the postponement of this sale, until all other possible avenues have been fully explored including involving the Stratford Historic Buildings Trust which has secured funding for the Clopton Bridge Toll House. The Stratford Society was willing to offer their expertise and was open to working with the Town Trust.

Regrettably, The Stratford Town Trust rejected our offer and is not willing to meet with us until next week, which will of course be after the auction date. We are dismayed by this reaction to what this Society thought was a rational and cooperative approach to trying to secure the future of a cherished building.

We will now contact Stratford District Council, as the Planning Authority, to discuss the ways in which the building's future can continue to be safeguarded.

Yesterday’s “Midweek” newspaper contains an item which states that the Stratford Society is backing the proposed sale of Mason’s Court by the Town Trust. The Society has not had the opportunity to discuss the matter.

Our Chairman, Kevin Bond, who is away on business at present, gave a view some time ago that the ownership of such a property is not something that the Society is capable of affecting one way or the other. The key to its protection is its status as a Listed Building, which should preclude any inappropriate renovation or redevelopment. We would expect Stratford District Council, as the Planning Authority, to ensure that this is the case.

The Society will be looking for discussions with the Town Trust as soon as possible so that it can understand better the background to the Trust’s decision and ensure that the building’s future can continue to be safeguarded.
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