Anne Hathaway was the wife of William Shakespeare. Her cottage was known as Newlands Farm in Shakespeare’s day.
Their love and marriage was probably a bit of a scandal as Anne was 26 and William was 18 and seven months later Anne gave birth to their daughter, Susanna.
William was given six pounds, thirteen shillings and fourpence upon their marriage as her dowry.
Anne Hathaway’s cottage is the most photographed home in all of England and is a spacious 12 roomed farmhouse with several bedrooms.
Shakespeare’s Courting Chair.
The Hathaway bed.
The last private owner of Anne Hathaway’s home was Mary Baker.
Another bedroom with Tudor style walls.
This is showing you the insulation of the home. Back then mud and hay were used to build the walls. You can still see the fingerprints in the mud even thought the home was built in the 1460’s.
Looking out through the window into the garden.
The last stop was in the kitchen. These are the original floors of the home and all the cooking was done in this fireplace.
The sightseeing isn’t over yet. Next we will head to Mary Arden’s farm. Mary Arden was Shakespeare’s mother (and her mother’s maiden name was Webb). Are you beginning to see the trail I am leading you down? I’ll explain it all soon!