Despite curse, Shakespeare grave needs fixing up





Fix the gravesite. But don't touch the bones.

That's the work order, in a nutshell, for brave architects contemplating a fixup job for the deteriorating gravesite of William Shakespeare inside the Holy Trinity Church in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon.

The illustrious bard is believed by many to have personally penned the threat on a stone marker above his grave.

"Blest be the man that spares these stones," it reads. "And curst be he that moves my bones."

That's all well and good, but the stones above his grave are starting to flake and fall apart. Clergymen have trod on the stones for nearly four centuries, and the foot traffic is taking its inevitable toll.



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