European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Feb 28 1961, Page 13

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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - February 28, 1961, Darmstadt, HesseS historic mansion by John Krueger 5&s London bureaus a photos by Gene Bane " i s v a american of distinguished Heri Tage reigns u mistress of one of England most illustrious mansions. She la Lody Mica Bee Tam first wife of conductor sir Thomas Beecham her Maiden name was Belles and her Uncle Gideon was Abraham Lincoln Secretary of 4�t. Now in her 70s, lady Bocham resides just outside Stratford on Avon in Clopton House Rich in Shak spare a tradition and English history " in the romantic secret Chapel constructed in j53 in the Topmost Story of the House historians believe Shfot Escaro nutty vat been married to Anne hatha Way. In any event t it Likely that he pent much Tom at the How since the c1opton� and Shakea Peart were close ,sna1ceapear was bom Only a mile from the residence a by Beecham h6wed a a a Tinb for we with toe in als "w.s," engraved on it. The elder Shakespeare Wax a cloves Naker and it ii thought this was a Wold made by Hii a. It was Dis covet a in the it Tajc at Clopton House used a a window weight it probable that shake a Are pictured the House in his Slun for the Piny within the taming of the shrew/4 there it aloud reason to think that he created the Chr ctr of Ophelia in "ham-11" to a the Story of Margaret Clopton who drowned herself Over a broken Jov Aflalo in a Pond at the rear of the House. Then there 1# the be wind of the unfortunate Charlou clop on. She. Is i posed to have be a buried alive in the family vault during the plague of j5?4,v afterwards when the vault wait unsealed for the body of another member of the family Charlotte was discovered near the Entrance dead with wounds self inflated in her anguish. T of this May have provided the Gran material from which Shakespeare Drew his Tomb scene in Romeo and juliet."1 King Henry Vii once spent an Over no rat visit in Clopton House. Later in history it nerved As a meeting place Lorthe Gunpowder plot conspirators. Clopton became involved in the 1614 plot when it was leased to Andrew Rosewood one of the conspirators who planned to blow up parliament along with the Noto rious Guy Fawkes Coplon House stands one mile North of Stratford. To get there you turn right off the main Stratford Birmingham Road into Clapton Road. At the top of Clopton Road a drive runs obliquely across the Fields to Clapton House. It s open Dally including sundays throughout the year. Hours Are from 10 am to 5 pm and the fee is Hall Crown 35 cents. Mellowed with age the House s spacious Ai Primenta Are still enhanced with rare examples of English French and italian furniture paintings of old masters and countless Objet Dart it has been described is veritable treasure tie bolognese furniture in the great Hull is a rarity in England. The Adam dining table and urns Are remarkable sex Wenj a of this period furniture. The famous Fnu Onnord panels which hang in the � a Watt � h5 Iff there s Al Oja Madonna on s cliud1 with St. John by Juno Romano the ohly Attert Neh cloned by n time Trtany of Shakespeare s to uni Clr _ i j f it Ali Jot a. Winter to that rare i Tauai master Julio Romano who had he himself eternity and could put breath into Hla work would Beghe nature of he a for the most part the House i Day formerly it Moat around the Tudor porch gives Access rectangular he from which doors 5 o of the Hall a Rich and massively jacobean staircase ascends to the upper a stated Glass windows in the recesses display Coats of arms of the Clopto and other families associated with great Hall features panelling of solid Oak a nov Cordovan leather a great fireplace and louts Xiv Cloi and can of " " " in going up to St Peters Chapel Yot in find out what a. Burglar step is. The top step of Oie to year old stairway slopes sharply. If you weren t warned you d slip so n burglar or a husband sneaking int Lul be Given away by his fill Iron o butt of Ino s to Down re i a joined glow window Bear Coats of arms of the Clopton family. A portrait of Shakespeare Over the fireplace dominates the great Hall. Vic local tradition says Shakespeare was married in this Chapel. The stars and stripes

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