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home of Mary Arden, wee Willy Shakespeare's
mother in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire,
is the home of the great English playwright William Shakespeare
and the town is a dedicated memorial to the man and a money-spinner
for the locals.
Attractions include several well-restored 16th
century houses, two Shakespeare theatres, Will's tomb and far
too many souvenir shops. The train station is only a few minutes
walk from the centre of town but there are two interesting buildings
that are not so easily reachable on foot (see below) though
bicycle rental is available.
Hathaway's (Shakespeare's wife) cottage
- before she married the British bard - in Shottery, near Stratford-upon-Avon,
- Shakespeare's birthplace (in 1564), a half-timbered house
on Henley Street.
- Hall's Croft, the fine Elizabethan home of Shakespeare's daughter
and her husband Doctor John Hall.
- the pretty riverside Holy Trinity Church where Will is buried.
- Nash's House, husband to Shakespeare's grand-daughter.
- out of town a mile (2km) is the first home of Anne
Hathaway, Shakespeare's wife.
- out of town three miles (5km) at Wilmcote is the home of Mary
Arden, Shakespeare's mother.
The Avon River, near Stratford-upon-Avon.
© David Hughes
Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon. Next, Cambridge.
© David Hughes
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