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Shakespeare's house, Stratford upon Avon

Shakespeare's house, Stratford upon Avon

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1780

Shelfmark: Ktop XLII

Item number: 86b

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford upon Avon. The house was built in the late-15th or early-16th centuries. Erected on an oak frame, it was covered in wattle and daub and had a huge stone chimney stack along the side of the building. It retains more or less the same appearance today as seen in this picture. However it was originally part of a continuous row of houses and shops along Henley Street.

John Byng, social diarist and Viscount Torrington visited in 1785 and commented: "the house of his birth, next door to the Swan and Maidenhead, (the old sign), still in the possession of the Hart family (lineally descended from his sister) who dwell here very poor."

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