Shakespeare’s Parish Church – Niagara, North Dakota (1914)

Mr. R. D. English lived in Niagara, a very small city in the rural area of northeast North Dakota – not far from Grand Forks.

This community reached its highest population in 1900; today there are 46 residents.,_North_Dakota

Sometime in 1914, Mr. English received a postcard photograph from England.

The postcard was mailed from Stratford-upon-Avon by “Grandin E.”

It is possible that the sender is “Grandin English”, perhaps a brother or other relative of R. D. English.

The face of the postcard is an awesome view of the Chancel of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon.

This Church is the oldest structure in Stratford; the original parts of the building were erected on the site of a Saxon monastery in 1210 A.D.,_Stratford-upon-Avon

The photograph was made and printed by Judges’ Ltd. of Hastings, England.

The postcards were published by A. J. Stanley of Stratford-upon-Avon.

This church contains a stunning monument to the most famous parishioner, William Shakespeare who was christened, married, and buried beneath the floor of this church.

Here is a cropped image of the Shakespeare monument, shared on the Wiki:

On the reverse, the sender (Grandin) inscribes nothing but his name.

It may be that Mr. R. D. English was very familiar with the trip and with the traveler.

In any event, one hopes that Grandin returned safely from his travels and that Mt. English learned mote about the glories of England.


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