We have been reminded by a reader of a long-established story concerning William Shakespeare, namely that sometime in the 1790s a certain Dr. Frank Chambers of Alcester paid three workmen to break into Stratford upon Avon church to steal the poet's skull from his tomb there. Eventually, after many setbacks, this was accomplished.
There are many details attached to this tale which make it sound factual: but of the central character, Doctor Chambers, the Society's files can give no help. We have never encountered a medical man of this name in the town, although we know a fair amount about the medical family of Brandish who seem to have catered for Alcester's needs in the late eighteenth centruy. Perhaps a reader has some information on this elusive 'Dr. Chambers'?
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