Been really having fun researching the Rev. Francis Gastrell, the real life character who is not fondly remembered in Stratford upon Avon as he is recorded as the man who knocked down Shakespeare’s house (not true) and the man who cut down Shakespeare’s Mulberry tree. Now that is an interesting story.
The standard of knowledge at The Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust is phenomenal and I am enjoying being a member of the team debating the personage of Rev Francis Gastrell.
I believe his reputation has been maligned in the area over time and I hope to do him justice in giving context to his actions and being.
The Rev. Gastrell is at New Place on Saturdays and Sundays for the Summer and with the hope of persuading people that his Stratfordian reputation does not represent the whole man.