Stratford-upon-Avon, commonly known as just Stratford, is a market town and civil parish in the Stratford-on-Avon District, in the county of Warwickshire, England, on the River Avon, 91 miles (146 km) north west of London, 22 miles (35 km) south east of Birmingham, and 8 miles (13 km) south west of Warwick is a market city and tourists are hugely attracted to it.
Birthplace of the great playwright William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon is a lovely market town on the scenic River Avon. Choose from a variety of Stratford-upon-Avon tours and enjoy a visit to this countryside retreat – you’ll see the house where Shakespeare was born and much more as you explore this quaint, bustling town.The name is a combination of the Old English str?t (from Latin stratum), meaning 'street', ford, indicating a shallow part of a river or stream, allowing it to be crossed by walking or driving and avon which is the Celtic word for river. The settlement which later became known as Stratford was first inhabited by Anglo-Saxons following their 7th-century invasion of what would become known as Warwickshire.
Despite Stratford's increase in trade, it barely grew between the middle of the 13th century and the end of the 16th century, with a survey of the town showing 217 houses belonged to the lord of the manor in 1590. Growth continued to be slow throughout the 17th century, with hearth tax returns showing that at most there were approximately 429 houses in the town by 1670.
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