Stratford-upon-Avon, on the River Avon some 20 miles southeast of Birmingham, is one of England’s premier cultural visitor destination outside of London. This is the birthplace of the genius playwright/poet, William Shakespeare, born here in 1564. The center of the town, where the chief locations stand close together, is small enough to stroll around in a couple of hours. We travelled to and fro London, for a day-long walking tour of this quaint town.
On the way to William’s house.
William’s father, married somewhat above himself, the daughter of a well-to-do gentleman farmer. William was the third of eight children born to John and Mary Shakespeare.
Shakespeare’s birthplace on Henley Street is where he was born. A Tudor half-timbered building, the birthplace was for many years divided into two houses but is now one.
In 1582, at the age of 18, William married Anne Hathaway (not the actress). The couple had a son and two daughters.
Sometime between 1585 and 1592, Shakespeare left Stratford to make his way in London as an actor, director, manager, and playwright. He made quick progress; by 1597 he was joint owner of the Globe Theatre.
By 1610, Shakespeare ha had enough. He sold his share in the Globe Theatre and moved back to Stratford, where he died six years later.
On our way to Anne’s Cottage. It was a really long walk!
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage on the northwester outskirts of the town, is a thatched farmhouse of some size, timber-framed and brick-built.