Stratford-Upon-Avon is full of half-timbered Black & White Tudor building's.
The Tudor period spanned the 16th and 17th centuries, and here in Stratford, is a great display of many different Tudor style's used in the woodwork.
I walked around town, and I think it a MUST DO, to see these building's. I didn't have a map, but just went where-ever I saw a building of interest.
The Old Bank is really worth having a look at.
It is more modern than the timber framed building's, but it's a good example of Victorian architecture in red brick.
On the outside, is a good terracotta frieze, depicting scenes from Shakespeare and there is a mosaic of the Shakespeare above the entrance.
It is now used by the HSBC BANK.
Harvard House is one of those old black & white houses, built long ago in 1596.
The owner was Alderman Thomas Rogers, who was a wealthy townsman, butcher, corn and cattle trader.
Have a look at the carved facade, as it include's carved initials along with a bull's head to denote his trade, said to be the richest example in the town.
The building has been used by blacksmiths, as a book shop, breeches makers and an estate agents until 1909, when American millionaire, Edward Morris of Chicago bought and restored the building.
It was then given to Harvard University.
In 1996, it became the Museum of British Pewter.
Located in a historic building in Sheep Street, is the Tudor World at the Falstaff Experience.
It's been voted an award-winning attraction which brings the 16th century to life!
If you are interested, please check out the website for more info.
I didn't go in, just viewed the wattle and daub building from the outside, dating back to Shakespeare's time.
The building was bequeathed by King Henry VIII to William Shrieve, who was an archer.
No wonder it's looking a bit worn, as it has stood through time's of plague, religious persecution, treason, intrigue, war, fire, and of course, Shakespeare.
Shakespeare often came here to visit his friends, William and Elizabeth Rogers, who ran the The Three Tunns Tavern from the site. Elizabeth's nephew, William Walker, was Shakespeare's Godson. Shakespeare is reputed to have based his famous character Falstaff on William the tavern keeper.
So, here I was, walking down the street, and then viewing the building where Shakespeare once frequented, wow!
We visited Shakespeare's Birthplace in 1950. I think it was a day trip from Oxford that the Anatomists convention arranged. At age 12, I had not studied a lot of Shakespeare, but I had heard of him. I don't remember much about the inside of the houses that we saw either (I think we saw Shakespeare's Birthplace and Anne Hathaway's Cottage (although there are no photos of that) and I remember something about his will and some beds.
Currently the will item leaving his wife the second best bed is said to mean the bed that the couple slept in, with the best bed being for guests.
We also went to his Death Place, and the Globe Theatre, and had lunch at a The Shakespeare Gallery Restaurant which no longer exists as a restaurant.
Shakespeare Birthplace Ticket - Ideal if you only have a few hours
Hall's Croft, Nash's House & New Place, Shakespeare's Birthplace
Get a 10% discount when booking online and come back for free
The Birthplace has a gift shop, book shop and toilets. Car and cycle parks are in close proximity.
Access to the Birthplace is via a pedestrianised shopping street. The ground floor of the Birthplace and the Visitors' Centre are accessible to those with restricted mobility, although the floor is uneven in parts. The garden is also accessible to wheelchair users and those with restricted mobility. Toilet facilities for wheelchair users are available.
My dad took quite a few pictures of the garden with my sister on the sundial. The garden is a traditional English garden. That does not apparently mean historically accurate as to what it would have been in Shakespeare's time.
Ernest Law tried to do a more historical reconstruction at New Place in the 1920s. He used a woodcut from Thomas Hill, The Gardiners Labyrinth (London 1586), noting that it was "a book Shakespeare must certainly have consulted when laying out his own Knott Garden". This showed quartered plats in patterns outlined by green and gray clipped edgings, each centered by roses
Apparently there is/was also quite a number of attempts to make collect all the plants (and animals) mentioned in Shakespeare's plays at various locations. Sometimes these are called Elizabethan gardens.
Opening times - All year. Daily except 23rd to 26th December.
Admission - Individual charge for each property. Multiple ticket for all 5 properties: Adult £14.50, Child £7.20
Read more: http://www.gardenvisit.com/garden/shakespeare_houses_and_gardens#ixzz1UDekwpQ1
This farmhouse was the home of Mary Arden, William Shakespeare's mother. When she married John Shakespeare, she moved into Stratford-upon-Avon.
It is a lovely tudor house, with loads of character and antiquity! It has many outbuildings and nice land, which is lovely for the children visiting.
They have a falconry display which is enjoyable, plus give you a tour of the local Palmer's Farm, showing what farming was like 500 years ago. It is very informative, and seems to be aimed at the kids, which is nice!
They also have some livestock here, which the children are allowed to pet, and milk! They also show you how they made bread, lit fires and cultivated vegetables back in the 1570s.
You can dress up as an Edwardian or Tudor... which adds to the interactive nature of this house.. far more than at other houses!
You cannot visit Stratford-upon-Avon without visiting this house! It is the very place where Shakespeare was born, thought to be on 23 April 1564. It's style is tudor, hailing from the 17th century.
We went through the visitor centre, enjoying the information given re Shakespeare's life, and meandered through the garden for about 20 minutes.
We then opened 'the door' (which has a fantastic wrought iron knocker!) and stepped inside.
We joined the group inside, but unbenown to us it was an Explore Britain tour group, No-one was wearing anything to display this, except for the one man (who we then found to be the guide) who had a business tag hanging from his brief case!
The chap who was giving the history of the little parlour (the second small room you enter), had us in raptures! He gave us so much info re the room, from the brightly coloured screens on the walls - very fashionable in theose days, to the stone floor - where he pointed out a bit of bone inbedded between two rocks (the house was a butchery once), to the history of the house.
The guide then noticed us standing there, and in no uncertain terms let the tour guide know that we were outsiders. We were quite shocked, as, up until this point we had no idea they were even a tour group! He ushered them ahead into the next room (where leather gloves were made for a living) and we had to wait in the parlour till the rest of those who werent in a tour party arrived.
The tour guide was NOT a good advertisement for Explore Britain! He was rude a few times, when other people happened to join his tour unknowingly. We pay for a guide to chat re that particular room, but his tour pays for a bespoke guide for the whole house. And he was a brilliant guide! But they should perhaps hold these tours at different times as this overlapping must happen alot and the house is small, so it's hard to keep apart from them.
The Bard's father, John, bought the house in 1556, and a descendant, Joan, still owned parts of the building till 1806. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust bought it in 1847.
Shakespeare's father was a tradesman and Alderman of Stratford, and his leather workshop is one of the most fascinating exhibits on display in the house. The leather is smooth and thin. He also made other leather paraphenalia, aside from gloves.
In the parlour stands a bed, and if you'd like to know more about this bed and the history behind it, please read my tip in general tips... some lovely Shakesperian tradition there! :)
The house has been numerous things since his birth, a butchery and a pub being two of them. Thankfully it has been renovated to what they think (according to research) the house looked like when Shakespeare lived here.
The house is really lovely, a wonderful glimpse into history past. In the bedroom where Shakespeare was supposedly born, you can see signatures scratched on the window of visitors past. Sir Walter Scott and Thomas Carlyle being two of the more distinguished visitors, as pointed out by our guide. This room also has a lovely black and white screen for decoration.
Stepping into this house is a lovely step into the past!
We spent about 20 minutes in the garden, it is not as large and splendid as the garden at Hall's Croft, but is full of charm and intrigue, with various areas within the garden.
There is a small lawn to the one side, a little herb garden that one walks past too, plus a paved area (for the interid tourists like us I imagine!). There is also a splendid tree.
In the photos you can see a Shakesperian herb garden, with some Golden Marjarom (Origanum aureum) and Chives (Allium Schoenoprasum). There were quite a few other types of herbs there too.
On the right handside of the garden is a bronze statue. This head is of Ralindranath Tagort (1861 to 1941). On the base it states he was a poet, painter, playwright, thinker, teacher, the voice of India. What an honour to have your head placed here!
It was presented by Dr L.M Singh, the Chief Minister of West Bengal to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust on 4 July 1995.
One walks through the garden to get to Shakespeare's Birthplace from the Visitor Centre.
Shakepeare's Birthplace is reminiscent of 17th century architecture.
The rooms are small, ceilings are low, oak beams abound as does stone flooring. The walls are only half timbered, with much of the wall being built using wattle and daub (as seen in the first photo).
Wattle and daub is a mixture of cow manure and horsehair, interwoven amongst wooden sticks.
In Shakespeare's time these half timbered walls were plastered over, and we can now see them in their original state as the plaster was removed during the Victorian times.
The windows are the typical 17th century glass panes, small panes of glass within wooden frames.
To get into Shakespeare's Birthplace you have to go through the exhibition area first in the Shakespeare Visitor Centre.
This is located in the much newer, purpose-built brick building to the left of Shakespeare's Birthplace.
There is usually a LONG queue here waiting to enter, but the trick is to get there at about 9:45am when the queue starts. We got in quickly with no fuss. We had also already bought our ticket so didnt need to stand in the ticket queue.
The exhibition tells the story of Shakespeare's birth, his childhood (where they think he went to King Edward School), his marriage to Anne, his theatre awards, plays etc.
There is no official proof of his date of birth, but here they have the original copy of his baptism, which took place on 26 April, and generally baptisms took place 3 days after the birth, hence the conclusion he was born on 23 April.
It is a very interesting exhibition and we stayed here for about 40 minutes taking it all in. It is quite remarkable what this man achieved in his lifetime!
(words from 'As you like it')
The Shakesperian jester is part-and-parcel of Shakesperian plays and themes. A jester played an important role of entertainment and story-telling in the 17th century.
This statue is located in Henley Street, which is the pedestrianised street where Shakepeare's Birthplace is located.
Jesters wore colourful clothing and a cap ’n bells, cockscomb (obsolete coxcomb) which was floppy with three little points (liliripes) at the end on to which bells were sewn.
He laughed. He mocked. He jested. He was a favourite in court for entertainment.
Henley Street is pedestrianised for ease for the thousands of people who flock to this important house throughout the year.
This statue stands at the top end of the street, with Shakespeare's birthplace standing about halfway down on the lefthand side of the street.
Harvard House (built in 1596) stands on the High Street, right next to the gorgeous old Garrick Inn, which not only is one fabulous building with its typical Tudor half-timber-framed style, but a fabulous pub too! We ate there one night and absolutely loved everything about it. To see more info re it, check out my restaurant tips!
This used to be the home of Katherine Rogers, who was the mother of a London puritan, John Harvard.
John emigrated to the 'New World' (hence the United States of America flag presence), died in 1638 and left his comprehensive law library and documents, plus half of his valuable estate towards a then unknown college... which then became the world renowned Harvard University!
The building itself is in remarkable condition. largely due to the time consuming care (and money) that a millionaire Chicago man, Edward Morris, put into it. In 1909 he purchased the property, giving it to Harvard University and the United States of America. He used to go to Harvard University himself and wanted to give them something back.
The Museum of British Pewter is now inside Harvard House, and the exhibit has some gorgeous pieces of pewter dating back two thousand years ago, showing man's relationship with it over the years.
Some of the pieces include a round a bowl with the Arms of King James VI of Scotland, some medieval pilgrim badges and some Roman chargers. There are all kinds of interesting artifacts to view here.
Definately worth a visit, and dont forget to drop into the pub next door for a pint and a wholesome meal :)
This house is found next door to Shakespeare’s (now demolished) house, New House.
It belonged to Thomas Nash, who was married to Elizabeth Hall, Shakespeare’s granddaughter. She was the daughter of John and Susanna Hall. Susannah was Shakespeare’s first born.
It is a beautiful large home, in the typical half-timbered style. IT has ornate woodwork and furniture.
Today it is a museum, showing the furniture, mirrors and some portraits etc. at the time of Shakespeare.
Since 2006 it has housed 'The Complete Workd of William Shakespeare' exhibition.
The garden that leads off this house is the section of land where New House once was. Today you can see wells and some foundations, which mark where the house stood till 1759.
To the one side of the garden is the Knot Garden, a traditional Elizabethan style garden.