Nash's House and New Place
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Shakespeare purchased his retirement home of New Place in 1597, though he did not move in until 1610. At that time it was the second largest dwelling in Stratford, and the only one built of brick. Shakespeare died in 1616, but it is thought that his wife, Anne, lived at New Place until her death seven years later.
After his death Shakespeare's daughter Susanna and her husband Dr John Hall moved here from their house at Hall's Croft. We do know that the Hall's entertained Queen Henrietta, wife of King Charles I, at New Place, and that after Susanna died the house was left to her daughter Elizabeth Hall, who wed Thomas Nash, of Nash's House, which stands immediately beside New Place.
New Place was later expanded and refurbished by Sir John Clopton, who followed the fashion of the time by opening the doors of his house to public viewing. The tourists flocked to see Shakespeare's home, but then the fortunes of this historic house took a disastrous turn. The architect of the disaster was one Rev. Francis Gastrell. To say that Gastrell was a character is putting it mildly; in 1759 he became so upset by the number of gawking passers-by lingering by his house and gawking at a mulberry tree said to have been planted by Shakespeare, that he took an axe to the mulberry tree and cut it to pieces. An alternative version of events suggests that he was anxious to avoid paying taxes and he thought that by destroying Shakespeare's mulberry tree he was lessening the taxable value of the property.
In fact, a seemingly unending supply of the souvenirs coincided with a sudden lessening in the number of mulberry trees in the surrounding area. Hmm ... At the rear of New Place an old mulberry tree grows, descended, legend has it, from the old tree planted by Shakespeare.
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About Nash's House / New Place
Address: Chapel Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, CV37 6EP
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Website: Nash's House / New Place
Phone: (0)1789 204016
OS: SP201 548
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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