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Friday, January 16, 2015

Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon

William Shakespeare's birthplace is a restored 16th-century half-timbered house located on Henley Street in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. In this house, it is believed that William Shakespeare was born in 1564, and he spent his childhood years here. Shakespeare's Birthplace is now a museum open to the public and a popular tourist attraction. Shakespeare's Birthplace has been called "a Mecca for all lovers of literature".

shakespeare's birthplace, stratford upon avon, uk

Shakespeare's Birthplace is a relatively simple house, but it would have been considered quite a large dwelling in the late 16th century. William Shakespeare's father, John, was a glove maker and wool dealer. Shakespeare's Birthplace was originally divided in two parts, one for his business and one for his residence. Architecturally speaking, Shakespeare's birthplace was a typical house of the times and was constructed in wattle and daub around a wooden frame.

shakespeare's home, interior, stratford upon avon

Charles Dickens, Sir Walter Scott and Thomas Carlyle were among the famous names that visited Shakespeare's Birthplace and autographed the walls and windows. Some of those signatures can still be found on the windowpanes around the house. Furthermore, a guest book at Shakespeare's Birthplace features the signatures of Lord Byron, Lord Tennyson, John Keats, and William Thackeray.

shakespeare's home, stratford upon avon, uk

Visitors to Shakespeare's Birthplace should also visit Shakespeare's grave and Anne Hathaway's cottage which are nearby.

Shakespeare Centre
Henley Street
CV37 6QW
Tel: 01789 204016

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