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Warwickshire crypt 'may unearth Shakespeare marriage clues'

1st August 2011

It is hoped that a new project involving the opening of a crypt at a Warwickshire church may help shed some light on where William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway.

Until now, literary historians have been unable to determine the exact location where the Bard was wed, but the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) believes that opening a crypt at All Saints in Billesley may lead to the discovery of 16th century marriage licences.

A spokesman for the CCT told the BBC there is evidence to suggest Shakespeare's granddaughter, Elizabeth Bernard, was also married at the church.

'Rumour has it that the crypt beneath All Saints Church holds the answer to the mystery of where Shakespeare was married, possibly in the form of lost papers or parish registers,' he added.

So far, investigations at the site have reported two sarcophaguses and a chest, with excavators set to open the crypt on Thursday (August 4th).

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