The Bard’s Beginnings: Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon

Oh, the Places We See . . .

Just walking the short walk to the front door gave me chills.  After all, I was at Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon! Just walking the short walk to the front door gave me chills. After all, I was at Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon!

Surely no self-respecting English teacher (myself included) would return home from a trip to England without visiting Stratford-upon-Avon.  After all, this birthplace and home of William Shakespeare appears in British lit books and “bardly” publications that we share with students and dream of seeing in person . . . someday.

Well, my someday came, and here my husband and I were staring squarely at the place of William Shakespeare’s birth in 1564, amazed that it wasn’t as humble a structure as we would have suspected.  In fact, this half-timbered house was the largest dwelling on Henley Street when John and Mary Shakespeare lived there and raised eight children, William being the third one born.

Shakespeare's home on Henley Street Shakespeare’s home on Henley Street

Touring the home today offers you a glimpse of…

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