Nash's House

Attractions Stratford upon Avon

Nash's House / New Place
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It is believed that after an evening's carousal with the playwright Ben Jonson and poet Michael Drayton, William Shakespeare was taken ill and subsequently died at New Place in 1616, aged just 52. One of the few brick buildings in Stratford at the time,New Place was indeed a grand residence,appropriate to one of the country's pre-eminent playwrights.Although the house was subsequently destroyed by a later, rather eccentric, owner, the location is now home to the Shakespeare Memorial Garden, laid out in the traditional Elizabethan style and containing, among other delights, a Mulberry Tree said to have been grown from a cutting planted by Shakespeare himself.

New Place can be accessed via the adjoining Nash's House, former home of Shakespeare's granddaughter Elizabeth Hall and her wealthy first husband Thomas Nash. A fine example of a 16th century home, the building is now home to Stratford's local history museum, housing many pieces of fine Jacobean and Tudor furniture. The museum traces the town's history from the earliest settlers to Shakespearean times.
Upon Shakespeare's death ,New Place became the home of his daughter Susanna Hall and her eminent physician husband, Dr John Hall - see Hall's Croft
Further details about entry fees and opening times of all Shakespeare properties can be found at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust website

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