London – Shakespeare 7

The stained-glass window mentioned in the previous blog is a memorial to Edward Alleyn, who was an actor and theatre owner and contemporary of William Shakespeare. The window remembers his role as a generous benefactor to the poor. He had almshouses built in the parish of St Giles without Cripplegate, which were unfortunately destroyed in World War II. He also founded Dulwich College.

Alleyn’s second wife, who he married in 1623, was Constance Donne, daughter of the poet John Donne, who at that time was Dean of St Paul’s.

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