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"Shakespeare's Birthplace - the history" Top 5 Page for this destination Shakespeare Birthplace - Shakespeare Centre Tip by Jenniflower

The Bard's father, John, bought the house in 1556, and a descendant, Joan, still owned parts of the building till 1806. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust bought it in 1847.

Shakespeare's father was a tradesman and Alderman of Stratford, and his leather workshop is one of the most fascinating exhibits on display in the house. The leather is smooth and thin. He also made other leather paraphenalia, aside from gloves.

In the parlour stands a bed, and if you'd like to know more about this bed and the history behind it, please read my tip in general tips... some lovely Shakesperian tradition there! :)

The house has been numerous things since his birth, a butchery and a pub being two of them. Thankfully it has been renovated to what they think (according to research) the house looked like when Shakespeare lived here.

The house is really lovely, a wonderful glimpse into history past. In the bedroom where Shakespeare was supposedly born, you can see signatures scratched on the window of visitors past. Sir Walter Scott and Thomas Carlyle being two of the more distinguished visitors, as pointed out by our guide. This room also has a lovely black and white screen for decoration.

Stepping into this house is a lovely step into the past!

Address: Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon
Phone: +44 1789 204016

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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