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Mary Arden's House
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2203  Thursday, 30 November 2000

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Date:           Wednesday, 29 Nov 2000 17:36:00 -0500
Subject:        Mary Arden's House

Shakespeare tourists view wrong house -- for 200 years

November 29, 2000
Web posted at: 11:35 AM EST (1635 GMT)

LONDON, England (AP) -- For years, tourists believed they were getting a
glimpse inside the house where William Shakespeare's mother lived as a
child.

Now new research shows they were at the wrong address.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust said on Wednesday that research proves
beyond a doubt that the Bard's mother grew up at Glebe Farm, not the
property currently called Mary Arden's House, which is located just 50
yards (50 metres) away in Wilmcote, a little village outside
Stratford-upon-Avon in England.

The trust previously had taken the word of local historian John Jordan,
who identified the house in 1792 -- though visitors were told by guides
that there was no certainty.

Now researchers commissioned by the trust have found a property deed
dating from 1587 that proves Arden lived at Glebe Farm years earlier.

Church of England records in London have confirmed the find.

By chance, the trust owns both properties.

"It's a wonderful coincidence, and thank God the trust decided to buy
Glebe Farm. It could easily have become a housing estate or been
demolished," said Nick Walsh, estate manager at the Wilmcote site.

Some 100,000 people each year visit Mary Arden's House, which was bought
by the trust in the 1930s.

The trust's director, Roger Pringle, said he hoped the discovery would
boost tourism.

"My excitement at having this proof of the exact location of the Arden
House will be shared by many people," he said.

Merchandise bearing images of the current Mary Arden's House, which will
be renamed Palmer's Farm before the end of the year, will now have to be
redesigned.
 

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