McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 25
Back Where I Come From
This challenge is based on Kenny Chesney’s song Back Where I Come From. There are other home-and hometown-related questions to round out the 30 days of posts.
If you would like to participate in “Back Where I Come From Challenge”, Here is the link. Suzanne Gunter McClendon is the author of this challenge
September 2017 – Day 25
What is your hometown known for? In other words, what makes it special?
Yes – Stratford Clock Tower Glockenspiel.
Here is a little information about Stratford
On 3 December 1877, the name Stratford-upon-Patea was adopted, on the motion of William Crompton of the Taranaki Waste Lands Board.
The supposed similarity of the Patea River to the River Avon in England led to the adoption of this name, and Crompton was known to have a literary turn of mind.
There was a trend at the time to name towns after the birthplace of prominent British men.
The William Shakespeare ‘connection’ led to the naming of 67 streets after Shakespearian characters from 27 of his plays.
Today New Zealand’s only glockenspiel clock tower plays the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet three times a day.
The spoken words are provided via external loudspeakers – there is no carillon (multiple bells) as would be more typical for glockenspiels in towers.
Stratford is the Gateway to the Stratford Mountain House.