Clergymen of St. Leonard’s Church in Beoley, Redditch are trying to prove that a skull buried in its vault belongs to William Shakespeare, which would mean that the British writer’s official tomb at Holy Trinity Church is empty.
Shakespeare died on May 3, 1616 and was buried within 48 hours at the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon. But now new theories question whether the full remains of the writer are there. Two mysterious items dating from 1879 and 1884 tell that a doctor unearthed a Shakespeare’s skull to win a reward offered by an art historian in 1769. Although he did not get the money, the doctor decided to bury the remains in a vault of St. Leonard’s Church in Beoley. The clergymen of this church have called for DNA testing, but justice has barred them from doing so.