Virtual  Shakespeare and the Queen’s Saddler

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24 May 2021 Special 7 pm 8 pm Summer Book Now
Virtual tour exploring the subject of Shakespeare, the Saddler and a plot to murder the Queen

John Bingham 1550-1625 lived in Southwark during Shakespeare’s time there. He was a member of the Saddler’s Company and saddler to the Queen. He had a lucky escape when a novichok-style poison was smeared on her saddle and he was implicated. When he died, the stonemason based in Southwark Churchyard, Gerard Jansen, carved a memorial of him for the cathedral. Jansen also carved the memorial to Shakespeare which has stood on a ledge in Holy Trinity Stratford since 1623. The virtual tour pieces together the facts of Bingham’s life and his close connection to Shakespeare in death.