"Shakespeare's Birthplace" Stratford-upon-Avon by Justin_goa

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Out side Shakespeare's Birthplace

As a pesron from a small town in South India,who had to study the works of Shakespeare, walking into the rooms of his birth place after 18 yrs , left me with more feelings that I could possibly explain....

Possibly the most famous and most visited literary landmark in Britain. This is the house where it is thought that Shakespeare was born and spent his formative years. The house originally belonged to William Shakespeare's father John, who became a successful Stratford businessman. John & Mary Shakespeare moved from nearby Snitterfield to Stratford in 1529, shortly after getting married. It is known from Stratford records that the Shakespeare family were residing in Henley street by 1552 and that William Shakespeare was born in 1564. It is assumed from this collection of dates that this building in Henley Street was William Shakespeare's Birthplace. The Birthplace remained in the hands of Shakespeare's descendants until the 19th century, after which it had a somewhat chequered past.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage

The cottage belonged to the Hathaway family until 1892, when it was bought, along with furnishings, by The Birthplace Trust. The Trust restored it to it's original character, removing the Victorian items that the Hathaway family had gathered. The original open hearth fireplace was restored to it's former glory. Beside the fireplace is an old wooden settle, upon which it is believed that William Shakespeare courted Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway's Cottage, made famous on chocolate boxes and tea towels, is arguably the most picturesque of the Birthplace Trust properties. The cottage nests in the idyllic setting of Shottery, which lies a mile west of Stratford. The cottage belonged to the prosperous Hathaway family and was the pre-marital home of William Shakespeare's wife, Anne. Although referred to as a cottage, it is actually a substantial, twelve-roomed, Elizabethan farmhouse. Externally the building with it's low thatched roof, timbered walls and lattice windows has changed very little since Anne Hathaway's time.

Arden's House

his magnificent, thatched and timber-framed, Tudor farmstead was identified in the 18th century as childhood home of Mary Arden, mother of William Skakespeare.* Mary Arden was the youngest of eight daughters of Robert Arden, an affluent Warwickshire husbandman. The Arden family had a notable family pedigree, with probable links to Walter Arden of Park Hall and esteemed ancestors stretching as far back as Saxon times. The farmhouse is situated in the beautiful green-field setting of Wilmcote, a village 3 miles north-west of Stratford.

The striking timbered frontage is framed by drystone walls and curious box hedges. Until recently the oak half-timbered structure was hidden under a cladding of stucco, which inadvertently kept the fabric in remarkably good condition. The building is appropriately constructed using oak from the nearby Arden forest and stone from Wilmcote itself. The house has an intriguing, fairytale atmosphere with uneven walls, irregular handmade tiles and tiny dormer windows.

It is also fortunate that the house has been continually inhabited by farmers, insuring that the fascinating outbuildings remain largely intact. Outdoor attractions include a dovecote with 657 nesting holes, cowsheds, stables, a cidermill and barns. The outbuildings and nearby Glebe Farm now house an extensive museum illustrating rural life over the last 400 years.

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  • Last visit to Stratford-upon-Avon: Aug 2003
  • Intro Written Jan 15, 2006
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