THE Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Holy Trinity Church have dismissed new suggestions that William Shakespeare is not buried in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Paul Edmondson, the trust’s head of research and knowledge, said the claims by Alexander Waugh in two national newspapers as “fantasy”.
The Reverend Patrick Taylor, vicar of Holy Trinity, said it was “an historical fact” that Shakespeare was buried there.
The grandson of novelist Evelyn Waugh is reported in the Guardian as saying that he discovered the new theory after decoding encryptions in the title and dedication pages of Aspley’s edition of Shakespeare’s Sonnets of 1609.
Hidden geometries, grid patterns and other clues, he says, reveal that Shakespeare was actually buried underneath his 1740 monument in Poet’s Corner at Westminster Abbey.
But Mr Edmondson told the Herald: “If Shakespeare had died in London he would probably have been buried in Westminster Abbey.
“But he died in Stratford-upon-Avon, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church. Alexander Waugh is of course presenting a fantasy.
“He isn’t the grandson of the fiction writer and satirist Evelyn Waugh for nothing.”
Rev Taylor added: “It is an historical fact that William Shakespeare was buried in Holy Trinity.
“We still have the register of burials and the entry which was completed on the day of his funeral clearly shows this.
“In my experience those who come from around the world to visit his grave here in Stratford experience a powerful sense of connection between the human being buried before them and the plays William Shakespeare wrote.”