Southwark Cathedral is probably one of the most important places on our journey today. William Shakespeare is the most famous resident of the parish of St Saviour’s which is now Southwark Cathedral.
His brother Edmund who also lived in the parish died in 1607 at the age of 27. A payment of 20 shillings was paid for his burial (possibly by William) at St Saviour’s “with a forenoon knell of the great bell”. His ledger stone is situated in the Cathedral Choir.
The life of William Shakespeare is celebrated each year at the Cathedral on his birthday and visitors travel from far and wide to see the Shakespeare memorial and stained-glass window.