Stonley Festival Background

Saturday 23rd June and Sunday 24th June
The Inaugral Stonley festival will be held in Doddinghurst this June! The Doddinghurst Stonley Festival will celebrate the lives of these interesting 16th Century residents. It will include the flagship events of a Medieval Banquet in Church and a Shakespearean take on "Whose Line is it Anyway" performed by an Essex based theater company plus many other activities and stalls as shown in the flyers below. 

Who was Richard Stonley?
Richard Stonley lived in Doddinghurst in the 16th century; he lived here with his wife, Anne and their two daughters, Dorothy and Anne. His main residence was Doddinghurst Hall which was the main house in the village.

Why is Richard Stonley Important?
He kept diaries which are unpublished but held in the collection of the Folger Library in Washington DC. The richness of the surviving records make Richard Stonley an important figure for historians of 16th century England. His diaries include the earliest known record of someone purchasing a work written by William Shakespeare; Richard purchased a copy of the epic poem Venus and Adonis on 12 June 1593 in London. But his diaries also reveal many aspects of his daily life, including shopping activities, socialising, spiritual practices and farming routines.


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