Southwark Cathedral

Shakespeare Memorial


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William Shakespeare is commemorated by a window and statue in the South Aisle. The window was designed by Christopher Webb, and replaced the one which had been destroyed during the war, and was unveiled on the anniversary of Shakespeare's death in April 1954.

The window depicts characters from some of Shakespeare's plays.

Shakespeare memorial & window

Beneath it is a recumbent alabaster figure of Shakespeare, carved by Henry McCarthy in 1912, set against a background of seventeenth-century Southwark in relief, showing the Globe Theatre, Winchester Palace and the tower of St Saviour's. Every year a birthday celebration is held here in honour of England's greatest playwright. Shakespeare's brother Edmund was buried in St Saviour's in 1607, and although the position of Edmund's grave is unknown, he is commemorated by an inscribed stone in the paving of the Choir.

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Last updated: 26/09/02