Books about the history of the town

Minutes and Accounts of the Stratford-upon-Avon Corporation
Volume VII 1610-1620

Robert Bearman (editor)

Dugdale Society, 2023, 774pp

Seventh volume of the series transcribing documents held in the town archive, including minutes of the Corporation and other borough records.

Stratford-upon-Avon Wills 1348-1701 (two volumes)

Stephanie Appleton and Mairi Macdonald (editors)

Dugdale Society, 2020, 466+513pp

Monumental two-volume set with transcriptions of the wills of residents of Stratford, shedding light on their lives and social conditions. Complements the inventories.

It's Not About Shakespeare

Val Horton

YouCaxton Publications, 2019, 200pp

Aspects of ordinary life in Stratford-upon-Avon, 1775-1915, including the extension of the franchise, the development of hospitals, and the position of women.

Minutes and Accounts of the Stratford-upon-Avon Corporation
Volume VI 1599-1609

Robert Bearman (editor)

Dugdale Society, 2011, 588pp

Sixth volume of the series transcribing documents held in the town archive, including minutes of the Corporation and other borough records.

The Register of the Guild of the Holy Cross, Stratford-upon-Avon

Mairi Macdonald (editor)

Dugdale Society, 2007, 586pp

Register of members of the medieval Guild, from 1403 until 1535, including some 8,000 names from all levels of society.

Clopton Bridge: A short history of the gateway to Stratford-upon-Avon

Maurice Ribbans

Lulu Publishing, 2005, 51pp

A wealth of information and previously unpublished history about the medieval stone bridge over the Avon built by Hugh Clopton.

Stratford-upon-Avon Inventories 1538-1625 (two volumes)

Jeanne Jones (editor)

Dugdale Society, 2002, 351+395pp

Two-volume set with transcriptions of the inventories of residents of Stratford, complementing their wills in the probate process.

The History of an English Borough: Stratford-upon-Avon 1196-1996

Robert Bearman (editor)

Sutton Publishing, 1997, 218pp

Eleven contributions  from leading historians on crucial periods of the town's development, published to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the granting of the borough charter.

The Civil War in Stratford-upon-Avon

Philip Tennant

Sutton Publishing, 1996, 202pp

Experiences of the residents of Stratford, who found themselves on the frontier between the Royalist and Parliamentary forces during the English Civil War 1642-46.

Family Life in Shakespeare's England

Jeanne Jones

Sutton Publishing, 1996, 172pp

A detailed picture of everyday life in Stratford, with chapters on where and how people lived, what they did for a living, and their possessions, beliefs and attitudes

The Shakespeare Tercentenary of 1864

Richard Foulkes

Society for Theatre Research, 1984, 64pp

The grand festival organised for the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth pitted local pride in Stratford against metropolitan scorn in London, and paved the way for the building of the memorial theatre.

History of St Andrew's Parish Shottery

John Winterburn

Duplicated typescript, 1984, 60pp

Charming history of Shottery and Bishopton back to medieval times, with maps, drawings and many insights.

Women's Capabilities

Robert Bearman

Duplicated typescript, 1976, 32pp

Occasional Paper No. 1, Warwickshire Local History Society

An anthology from the town archives, mostly from the 19th and early 20th centuries, casting light on the lives of women of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Shakespeare and the Bawdy Court of Stratford

E. R. C. Brinkworth

Phillimore, 1972, 184pp

The Ecclesiastical Court, more often known as the 'Bawdy Court' because of its pre-occupation with sexual offences, presided over a wide range of behaviour of the townspeople and exerted an influence on Shakespeare.