Holy Trinity Church Gets Old Kent Road on Stratford Monopoly
“A Perfect Fit” for world renowned Holy Trinity
Shakespeare’s Church Holy Trinity is today revealed as landing on one of the “high cachet squares” on the new Stratford-upon-Avon MONOPOLY board.
And Holy Trinity’s Vicar, the Revd. Patrick Taylor, says he is thrilled that the square is Stratford-upon-Avon’s equivalent of Old Kent Road.
The reason? Because it is “inclusive and welcoming to all”, he says.
Stratford-upon-Avon was given the prestigious honour of its own official board after it emerged victorious in competition with 19 other locations across the region. The board will hit shop shelves two weeks today and will be officially launched at the RSC that morning (13th October 2016).
Since then the people of Stratford have been nominating their favourite local landmarks to replace the 22 that appear on the famous London board.
The hallowed Holy Trinity Church dates back to 1210 and is the world-known church where William Shakespeare was both baptised and is buried.
“It would have been unthinkable for Holy Trinity not to be on either Mayfair or Old Kent Road, our two most talked about and high cachet squares,” says WINNING MOVES UK representative Natasha Rebuck. Winning Moves UK are the developers of the new game under official licence from Monopoly owners Hasbro.
During voting, one member of the public wrote: “As one of the oldest buildings in Stratford-upon-Avon, it should be on the Old Kent Road Square.” Another said: “Holy Trinity must be on a high-profile square.” A third declared: “Holy Trinity for Old Kent Road – it’s a perfect fit!”
The Revd. Patrick Taylor, said: “We are delighted to be Stratford-upon-Avon’s very own Old Kent Road! Whilst Mayfair or Park Lane might sound more prestigious, the brown square ticks all the boxes for us, reflecting both our history – Old Kent Road was once part of a Celtic ancient trackway – and our values in being a Church that strives to be inclusive, accessible and welcoming to all.
“We are very pleased to have received so much support and look forward to seeing Holy Trinity’s iconic image on the new MONOPOLY board.”
The board will feature around 30 Stratford-upon-Avon landmarks on MONOPOLY squares. As well as the customised squares, the Community Chest and Chance playing cards will be town themed too. The board will be launched on 13th October at the RSC, the same day that it hits shop shelves. “It’s set to be a world seller,” adds Ms Rebuck. “Interest in the board has come from tourists from every corner of the world and advance orders from retailers, including big online players like Amazon, have been beyond our expectation.
“The game isn’t out for another fortnight, but we are already planning an early second print run, such has been the demand and a third is not being ruled out.”
Amongst town stores who have confirmed they will be stocking the board in large numbers are Waterstones, WH Smith and The Works. The game will also be hugely available online including on Amazon.