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ENGLAND'S SHRINE OF WORLD-PILGRIMAGE: SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHPLACE

ENGLAND'S SHRINE OF WORLD-PILGRIMAGE: SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHPLACE

In Henley Street, Stratford, the old way to Henley-in-Arden, is a fair-sized timbered building. It is the supreme interest of the visitor to Shakespeare's town, for here, on April 23, 1564, the poet was born in a low, dim, upper room. Shakespeare's father was a glover and wool-stapler, and seems to have bought the house in 1575 for 40, although he had been living in it since 1556. By 1806 the house had passed out of the hands of the poet's descendants, and in 1846 its purchase by a syndicate for 3,000 preserved it for the nation.

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FINE CARVED TIMBERING OF HARVARD HOUSE

WHERE SCHOOLBOY SHAKESPEARE CREPT UNWILLINGLY TO SCHOOL

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