Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon

This evening, I am focusing on the property most closely associated with England’s leading playwright and poet, William Shakespeare (1564-1616). It was here, at Stratford-upon-Avon, that Shakespeare grew up and may have spent his early married life here post 1582. Shakespeare inherited the house on death of his father in 1601 and subsequently bequeathed it on his own death to his eldest daughter. Shakespeare’s sister, Joan lived in part of the building until her death in 1646 following which it was owned or occupied by Joan’s descendants until 1806. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust acquired the property in 1847.

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