The closest I’ve come to Shakespeare is at the Festival in Stratford. It was a compulsory destination in high school and an elective now that I’ve graduated from there. In either case, it’s a fabulous destination.
More than the theatre, the community is terrific for walking and wandering about; the geese being the most serious obstacle! But, the bridges and the shops and more make it a wonderful place to visit.
But, back to Shakespeare. (and not the village outside Stratford)
Google’s Map History or the Wayback Machine certainly couldn’t take us back to the 1500s and London in Shakespeare’s time. But, the Agas Map certainly can.
I have this romantic vision of London from that time. I’ll confess; it’s largely based on Oliver Twist and other media references (movies, documentaries, books, …) But, the Agas Map from the University of Victoria took me to a new level.
I love maps and I’m really intrigued with how this project was created using materials from the London Metropolitan Archives. (it’s worth a visit for its own merits as well)
But, head over to the Map and be prepared to be amazed.
The copyright restrictions are very tight so there are no screen captures to share. If you enjoy maps, you’ll love this.
The map uses an extensive collection of overlays to let you identify prisons, churches, neighbourhoods, etc. in the city. Of course, I had to check out St. Paul’s Cathedral! That had me hooked and before long I was zooming in and out, recognizing so many places I’ve just read about. Each object is clickable to display a popup of further information about it.
This is just a terrific way to spend lots of time exploring and wondering.