Bidford On Avon, Warwickshire, B50 4AA
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Ryknield Street, the Roman road, passes through the village, going north towards Alcester.
There is also an ancient Anglo-Saxon burial site under the free car park located just behind the Indian restaurant “No 72”. Artefacts from the latter excavations are at Warwick Museum while material from the first excavations on the site currently reside in the hands of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
William Shakespeare is said to have joined a party of Stratford folk which set itself to outdrink a drinking club at Bidford-on-Avon, and as a result of his labours in that regard to have fallen asleep under the crab tree of which a descendant is still called Shakespeares tree. When morning dawned his friends wished to renew the encounter but he wisely said “No I have drunk with “Piping Pebworth, Dancing Marston, Haunted Hillboro’, Hungry Grafton, Dodging Exhall, Papist Wixford, Beggarly Broom and Drunken Bidford” and so, presumably, I will drink no more.” The story is said to date from the 17th century but of its truth or of any connection of the story or the verse to Shakespeare there is no evidence.
Date of visit: 2nd January 2020
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Location – UK Postcode B50 4AA
Location – OS Grid Ref: 41001 – 251870
Location – Latitude / Longditude: 52.165004, -1.854924
Location – Northing / Westing 52°09’54.0″N 1°51’17.7″W