Birthplace of William Shakespeare
side of the birthplace building
Shakespeare's Birthplace is a Grade I listed building on Henley Street in Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire.
Town house, now a museum. Dates from the late 15th or early 16th centuries, severely restored in 1858, following drawing of 1769. Timber-framed building with plaster infill. Tile roof with rubble stacks. Two storeys with attic. The facade is mostly 19th century replacing 1800 brick fronting.
William Shakespeare was born here April 23rd 1564. His father John lived here from 1551 to 1601. The right end unit was probably being his wool shop. The house passed to the Hart family, decended from Shakespeare's sister, until 1794, and was a tourist attraction from the 1740s or before.
It was bought by the Shakespeare Birthplace Committee for preservation as a national monument in 1847. A musuem in the care of the Birthplace Trust.