A bronze statue of “The Jester” stands on a stone plinth at the end of Henley Street just a few steps from Shakespeare’s birthplace. “Touchstone” is the character of a jester/fool from the play “As You Like It” by William Shakespeare. There are four quote inscriptions from Shakespearian plays on the plinth:
“O Noble Fool! A Worthy Fool!” (As You Like It)
“The fool doth think he is wise but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.” (As You Like It)
Alas! Poor Yorick. I knew him, Horatio: A fellow of infinite jest. (Hamlet)
Foolery, Sir does walk about the orb like the sun: it shines everywhere (Twelfth Night)
The statue was commissioned by Anthony P. Bird OBE, a local businessman who gifted it to the town in 1994. The artist was James Walter Butler MBE.