Saturday, 7 May 2011

Shottery and Ann Hathaway.

Today I was in Shottery doing a life drawing class (posting about the class soon here) It's a very pretty little hamlet which is now so close to Stratford upon Avon town centre, as to be hardly distinct. In Shakespeare's day the two places were quite separate with fields in between.

I had a little walk around after my lunch in the local pub, and took some photos of the lovely buildings in the centre of the village.

It is very very pretty indeed. I wish you could have smelt the wisteria which seemed to be growing everywhere.


 This house looks more modern, but had a lovely front garden, packed with herbaceous perennials

Shottery is most famous for Anne Hathaway's Cottage, which was the childhood home of William Shakespeare's wife. (photos on right and below)

Ann was the daughter of a yeoman farmer, Richard, who when he died in September 1581, bequeathed Ann £6 13s 4d "atte the day of her maryage". The marriage to William Shakespeare duly took place in November of 1582.
 There were about 8 children in the home when Ann lived there; 2 siblings by Richard and five others by a second marriage by Richards wife, Joan.

 It's called a cottage, but it's quite large, so Richard must have been quite well off. It was built in two parts; the lower bit nearest the road is dated to about 1460. It had an passage with a hall to the left and kitchen to the right. Above this space were 2 bedchambers

The house remained in the Hathaway family for several generations. The male line became extinct in 1746 on the death of John Hathaway, but the property then passed, through his sister Susanna, to his nephew, John Hathaway Taylor, whose son, William Taylor, lived there until his death in 1846.

Financial problems had forced him to sell the house six years earlier, but he had remained in occupation as a tenant, as did his daughter, Mary, the wife of George Baker. She was still living there in 1892, when the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust purchased the property. With it came various items of family furniture, including the Hathaway Bed, dating from Anne's time.


  1. Ahh picturesque Warwickshire, just watched the bbc programme if walls could talk on the bedroom, very interesting if you haven't seen it particularly if you've just visited a house for 8 with 2 bedrooms.

  2. Yes, it was a brilliant programme....are you thinking of the "pigging it" bit? Quelle horreur.

  3. Maybe I'm just plain 'inquisitive', but I love taking these daytrips out with you.

    You do all the hard work (the back ground info and interesting stories and snippets from history) and present them with pics.

    I love it!