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Spring Border Anne Hathaways cottage from the road
Front Garden 2009
William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway in 1582, her family home was in the hamlet of Shottery barely a mile from the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon. Anne was the daughter of a yeoman farmer who died in 1581 bequeathing his daughter £6 13s 4d on the day of her marriage.

The description of cottage does not do justice to the Hathaway home, which was actually a substantial Garden Entrancetwelve roomed Elizabethan farmhouse, the lower part was built in the early 1460's and subsequently extended in about 1623. The cottage remained in the Hathaway family until 1892, when it was bought along with some furnishings by the Birthplace Trust, who restored it to its original character.

The cottage was part of Hewlands Farm in Shakespear's day with over ninety acres of land attached to it. The present cottage retains its own beautiful, old fashioned English garden with an orchard adjoining, all carefully maintained by the Trust.

The cottage is situated in beautiful countryside, which provides the perfect backdrop in all seasons. A tour of the cottage is a must for anybody visiting Stratford, and is especially popular with our American and Japanese visitors.
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Cottage Bedroom Cottage viewed from orchard Rear of Cottage