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.

Rear of Birthplace

The subject property has been a place of homage for Shakespeare admirers for some 250 years. It now forms the key part of a Visitors Centre which includes an exhibition on Shakespeare’s life and background.

The principal rooms in the house are:

  • The Parlour.

Parlour

  • Hall
  • Glovers Workshop.

Glove making.

  • Shakespeare’s Birthroom.

Shakespeare’s Birth Room

  • Kitchen and Buttery.

River Avon at Stratford.

In the garden area of the Birthplace actors provide impromptu performances of Shakespeare’s work.

Other Shakespeare connected properties in and around Stratford are:

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

  • Shakespeare’s Schoolroom.

Shakespeare’s Schoolroom, Church Street.

Stratford-upon-Avon is located about one hundred miles N.W. of London.

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