Monday, April 1, 2013

Shakespeare Houses Destroyed, Important History Lesson

Shakespeare Houses Destroyed, Important History Lesson:
Maintain awareness of cultural heritage, a place that contains a high historical value is not always easy in practice. Not only in our country, even in Europe are always proud of being able to keep the legacy of its history well, it has a unique story. Moreover, this happens at the most popular literary figures: Shakespeare.

A house in the UK, is believed to be the poet wrote several of his masterpieces such as The Tempest, and where he died in 1616, according to the Foundation Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

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The building has historical and cultural value which is very important and is a national treasure.

But this view is not agreed upon by Francis Gastrell. He bought the house in 1753 but he was annoyed by the many tourists who come to see the house, according to architectural historian Gavin Stamp.

Gastrell also called arguing with local officials because of tax issues.

Gastrell already received ridicule by locals after he cut down a mulberry tree planted by Shakespeare in the garden.

Then annoyance peaked when he destroyed the entire house in 1759 down to only its foundation remains.

Residents Statford-upon-Avon is very angry and Gastrell be a very unpopular until he was forced to move to another city, Stamp said. And, the house was rebuilt in 1880 by the British government.

The role of Government is Important

Why a cultural heritage so easily abandoned? Many causes. One is because it is privately owned and require extra maintenance costs. Gravity, the government often lent a hand.

A century ago, the problem is still happening in the western hemisphere. As is the case in England, in addition to the home of Shakespeare, there are many other examples. For example, In 1808 Lady Howe demolish the villa owned by Alexander Pope in Twickenham for similar reasons.

"People like Gastrell can do what they like, the government had no power to stop them. People believe that they do have an absolute right to destroy their property."

The idea that the state could do anything to stop someone on private property assessed silly moment.

That the cultural heritage is preserved British decent few radical beliefs, says a historian.

But after decades of witnessing the historic buildings were destroyed, communities and the government was determined to do something.

Action pioneered by John Lubbock, representatives from Orpington in Kent, became the beginning of the Ancient Monuments Act legislation, which ensures the UK's cultural heritage must be preserved.

Awareness has grown so big, and how our country? So many heritage buildings that suffered a tragic fate. Community organizations that care had to fight tooth and nail for the government to be aware of.

When the governments of countries in the western hemisphere there has been aware since decades, even a century ago, so when the country is taking similar action? Is this a sign of our country so far terAtinggal? What do you think?






Sources:
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