What country has this reached? Comment below for a chance to win one of 5 Shakespeare goodie boxes I put together from my recent trip! Good morning from the 554-year old Anne Hathaway's Cottage (early parts were built circa 1463!) in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Talk about the quintessential thatched cottage. It's incredible to think something of such age still stands.
Mind you, it almost didn't. In 1969 a fire nearly destroyed it.... and all because a local lad had a big argument with his girlfriend. Angered, he had gone down into the village to drown his sorrows in the nearby pub. He brought back a can of petrol and set the cottage end wall ablaze, seeking some dramatic way to show how upset he was 🔥 He was eventually arrested and put in gaol.... but there is a happy ending. The house was saved and fully restored... and he was later released to marry the young woman. And they, along with the house, lived happily ever after. Proof that love conquers all but please don't try to burn down a national treasure to prove it. 'Ta very much!
Before marrying William Shakespeare in 1582, Anne Hathaway lived here in an area called "Shottery", which is just a mile west from the centre of Stratford. This thatched beauty is incredibly well preserved. Gorgeous fireplaces, authentic period furniture, tudor wood beams and perfectly managed thatch. It even smells lovely. It's believed the first Hathaway to live in the house was Anne’s grandfather John Hathaway, who was a tenant farmer. Anne, later Shakespeare’s wife, was born here in 1556. When the site was a farm the house was known as ‘Hewlands’ and the Hathaway family were very successful sheep farmers. The garden would have been a farmyard with some livestock and likely a herb garden. The very last Hathaway to own the cottage was Mary Baker, who sold the property to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in 1892. I keep asking if I can move in, but so far no response.
The whole of Stratford-upon-Avon is a must see when you visit Britain. Have you been? Photo by @photosofbritain 🇬🇧 Want your Photos of Britain to be featured? Follow us and tag us in the picture too!