Joy Hancox

The Byrom Collection

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By Joy Hancox

The Byrom Collection

And the Globe Theatre Mystery
Hardcover: ……………………… 320 pages
Publisher: ……………………… Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publication date: ……………………… Aug 1997
ISBN-13: ……………………… 978-0224050883

Cover Cost: £15.00

Among the Byrom collection’s precise geometric drawings of little-observed features of Westminster Abbey, the Temple Church in London and King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, are what purport to be the setting-out plans for the original Globe Theatre, the Rose and five other Elizabethan playhouses. The author made these documents available to those involved in rebuilding the Globe on Bankside, who chose to discount their validity and Hancox’s interpretation of them. Since then, archaeological excavations at the Globe site have lent support to the accounts in this book. The new theatre itself has already been criticised for its size, inadequate acoustics and poor sightlines. The author’s own interpretation of the Byrom drawings would result in a smaller, eight-sided structure in which an overall harmony of design would come together to provide good sightlines and good acoustics. Support for this interpretation was provided in work by the late John Gleason, Professor Emeritus of the University of San Francisco. Even more remarkable, the concept behind all these architectural designs is shared with the round churches of the Templars, the mosques of Islam and open air theatres of ancient Greece and Rome.
Joy can be seen explaining some of the theatre drawings in an interview with Jamie Theakston in Episode 6 of ” Forbidden History “(SERIES 1).