Obituary – Edward Stone of Stratford-Upon-Avon

The Ale Taster who developed a taste for the finer things in life.

Glanside Creative Techniques including Essential Glanside and Just Write have been used in the creation of this text.   The following is a summary of the Creative Structure underlying The Obituary of Edward Stone.

 Specific Ideas

One of the earliest brick houses was the Swan’s Nest Hotel, built about 1673, and the bricks are known to have been made on the site. Bridge Street was also being rebuilt in brick at that time.

The fire of 1594 consumed a great part of the west side of Chapel Street and of High Street, Wood Street, and Henley Street.

Hugh Clopton is thought to have died before settling property on the trustees for the upkeep of Clopton Bridge in Stratford-upon-Avon. Four wardens were chosen to see to the maintenance of Hugh Clopton’s Bridge, which was primarily paid for by a bridge toll.

In Elizabethan England a licence was required for travel which helped stop the spread of disease. The licence was obtained from the Bailiff in the Guild Hall.

Alehouse keepers were kept strictly under the council’s control. They were not allowed to brew their own ale. In 1556 John Shakespeare was appointed to the position of ‘Ale Taster’ which controlled the brewing and quality of Ale sold in the town.

Technique: Chains

Chains creates an overview of possible creative themes in the form of an illustration. In Chains each chain begins with a specific idea and extends out into a linked series of general ideas.

The following rules apply in the Chains Technique:

  1. An idea is just a link in a chain of knowledge.
  2. A chain is a relationship between two or more ideas.
  3. A relationship is a general law applying to two or more ideas in the chain.

Summary of the output from the Just Write Technique: Chains

Creative Technique Chains

Derived Themes (i.e points-of-departure which can be further developed in a potential text):

  • The importance of understanding the flow of things, and the powerful consequences of inhibiting that flow.
  • A fire destroyed the Fleece Tavern, whilst leaving the brick-built Swan’s Nest, nearby, relatively unaffected.
  • Everyone else fought over the pennies, but he took control of the flow beer into the Ale Houses.
  • Chief Warden of Clopton Bridge could not only collect the Bridge Toll he could decide who paid it.

Technique: 5W1H

Who? What? Where? When? Who? How?

Example questions for Just Write Technique: 5W1H

  • What is making his power base?
  • What were the consequences of the fires of the 1560?
  • Where are the levers of power in this town?
  • What are the essential flows of a community?

Derived Themes (i.e points-of-departure which can be further developed in a potential text):

  • Dictating which breweries or Ale Houses meet the required standard or adjusted the standards to profit those producers who demonstrate allegiance.
  • The flow of sheep and sheep products across the bridge is the significant flow in Stratford-upon-Avon, second only to the flow of water in the form of Ale.
  • The power generated when you restrict the flow of trade across Clopton Bridge.

Technique: CAMERA

(Combine – Arrange – Modify – Eliminate – Reverse – Adapt)

Derived Themes (i.e points-of-departure which can be further developed in a potential text):

  • He could not get to be the Bailiff of the Guild Hall. But he could become the Chief Warden of Clopton Bridge.
  • Clopton Bridge was a source of revenue, but could become a door that restricts entrance.
  • A dictator who climbs the ladder will try to make the climb harder for those following him.

Technique: So What?

Derived Themes (i.e points-of-departure which can be further developed in a potential text):

  • Through watching the river he has come to understand the flow of things, and the consequences should powerful flows be obstructed.
  • Everything could be swept away by fire. The way to the lasting memory is to build in brick.
  • Brick is expensive, so inflating income becomes an imperative.
  • If there is too much power in one pair of hands, others will attempt to slacken the grip.

Technique: Springboards

Creative Springboards are phrases that begin in a manner that invites a development of one of the themes identified in the previous Just Write Techniques.

The following are examples of phrase stems which can be used as creative springboards:

  • The truth is…..
  • It was no use pretending….
  • Nobody could accuse….
  • The best thing about
  • I wish I had….

Derived Themes (i.e points-of-departure which can be further developed in a potential text):

  • Nobody could accuse the Bailiff of the Guild Hall of not taking full advantage of his position.
  • The best thing about Clopton Bridge was getting over it.
  • The one mistake he made was to underestimate just how many people were involved.
  • From the beginning he had watched the moods of the River Avon