THE AMERICAN MEMORIAL STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
This rich gothic 18 meter tall memorial fountain was gifted to the town of Startford-upon-Avon, by the appreciative American citizen, George W Childs of Philidelphia. This quotation on the monument was written by Childs's fellow American, the author; Washington Irvine, friend of Sir Walter Scott and admired by Charles Dickens. The quotation comes from Irvine's hugely successful book "The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent" a collection of short stories published in 1820, two of the most durable being: The Tale of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle.
"Ten thousand blessings on the Bard, who has gilded the dull realities of life with innocent illusions; who has spread exquitite and unbought pleasures in my chequered path and beguiled my spirit in many a lovely hour with all cordial and cheerful sympathies of social life"
The meorial was officially opened on 17/10/1887 by the actor manager Henry Irving: 1838-1905.
Washington Irving 1783-1859
William Shakespeare 1564-1616.
I didn't get a proper shot of the whole memorial due to a surfiet of delivery vans blocking the view. Same place, another time!