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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: The oldest lived-in house in Stratford
Behind the main house is a courtyard theatre, where Shakespeare's plays are regularly performed.
The building is named for William Shrieve, who served as an archer to Henry VIII and is the first recorded tenant of the property, taking up residence in 1536. It was later owned by Willliam Rogers, a tavern keeper thought to be the model for Shakespeare's Falstaff. Shakespeare's own daughter, Suzannah, was known to have been close friends with Roger's daughter Elizabeth.
The foundations of Shrieve's House date back to 1196, but perhaps of even greater interest is a section of cobbled carriageway, the oldest in Stratford. William Shakespeare himself would have walked across these same cobbles.
During the Civil War Parliamentary soldiers were billeted at Shrieve House during the Battle of Edgehill in 1642. After the war, the first mayor of Stratford, John Woolmer, lived in the house.
Shrieve House is reputed to be among the most haunted buildings in England, and Tudor World hosts regular ghost hunt evenings. Visitors can follow costumed guides as they lead the way by lantern light through the rambling corridors of this ancient house.
Tudor World also hosts regular tours of Stratford led by 'Shakespeare' himself; a costumed Shakespeare guide takes groups around the heart of historic Stratford, including visits to Halls Croft, Nash's House, Shakespeare's Birthplace, the Gramar School, and more.
About Tudor World
Address: 40 Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, CV37 6EE
Attraction Type: Museum
Website: Tudor World
Phone: 01789 298070
Photo Credit: Images courtesy of Tudor World
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