Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Much Ado About Shakespeare - Act 3

On our last day in Stratford-upon-Avon we visited the childhood home of Shakespeare's mother,  Mary Arden's Farm.
The site consists of two farmhouses.  The first is Palmer's Farmhouse, neighbours to the Arden's.

Often during this period, a bed was placed in the parlour.  The bed wasn't slept on, but was a show of wealth as beds were expensive items of furniture. 

Detail of embroidery on a dining chair cushion.

The family slept upstairs

and so did the servants and farmhands.

Barn Owl

Lanner Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

Eagle Owl

We watched a falconry display in the barn, as it was too hot for the birds to fly outside.

Talia the eagle owl.

Mary Arden's Farmhouse

The various workshops in barns beside the farmhouse,

including a place where a wise woman would have lived.

We enjoyed a walk around the fields.

Cotswold Sheep

Longhorn Cattle

Norfolk Horn Sheep

Mangalista Pigs

Wildflower meadow

This gentleman was using oak gall ink.

We had an interesting conversation with this lady about spinning.

Time for a ploughman's lunch, before heading back to town.

Back at Stratford-upon-Avon we walked past the Swan Theatre

and headed towards Holy Trinity Church.

Here is the final resting place of William Shakespeare and members of his family.

A fitting place to end our stay in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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