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Penrose lists Stratford's 1960s Shakepeare centre

The Laurence Williams-designed Shakespeare Centre in Stratford Upon Avon has been listed by architecture minister John Penrose

Described by Penrose as ‘of both national importance and special interest’, the centre is almost completely unaltered since its completion in the 1960s and continues to function in its original use.

The building was handed a Grade II listing.

Penrose said: ‘The Shakespeare Centre is a building of both national importance and special interest, with a number of attractive embellishments and features.  It clearly merits the extra protection against unsuitable alteration or development that listing provides.’

The minister also listed the early 20th century Lodge, Gates, Gate piers and Walling at the University of Birmingham at grade II, and declined to list the former Music School at Sherborne School for Boys. 

All three decisions were based on the advice of English Heritage.

Exterior sculpture at the Laurence Williams-designed Shakespeare Centre in Stratford Upon Avon - now grade II listed

Exterior sculpture at the Laurence Williams-designed Shakespeare Centre in Stratford Upon Avon - now grade II listed

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  • ‘of both national importance and special interest’ yes Shakespeare is but not this building! it is awful, it does not compliment the buildings in Henley Street at all. What is also hilarious about this centre it is supposed to be Shakespeare's birth place, he was not even born here, it was 3 miles away!!

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