The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0569  Monday, 23 December 2013


From:        Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         December 23, 2013 at 9:15:03 AM EST

Subject:    Update on New Place


From BBC News




Shakespeare's last house is 'found' by archaeologists


The house where William Shakespeare spent the last years of his life has been “found” by archaeologists.


New Place in Stratford-upon-Avon, where the playwright lived until his death, was demolished in the 18th Century.


Archaeologists have been working on the site since 2009 and believe they have now identified features including kitchens and a brew house.


Kevin Colls, from Staffordshire University, said visitors would be able to see the finds.


Mr Colls, who managed the project, said: “We have identified as much as we can in terms of what the house looked like and where it stood on the site.


“The site itself has a long and drawn-out history. New Place was built in 1483 and Shakespeare bought it in 1597. The house was demolished in the 18th Century and a new house was built there.


“What we found were the jumbled remains of two houses, with some dating from the 18th Century house and some belonging to Shakespeare’s house. But we now have a pretty good idea of what’s what.


“We have identified pretty accurately the footprint of Shakespeare’s New Place and can say what kind of activities would have gone on in the rooms, such as the brew house, which ran down the side of the house, and the kitchens.”


He said the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, which owns the site and commissioned the dig, was considering plans to allow members of the public to access the site, on Chapel Street, such as a walkway that followed the outline of the rooms.


He said he was now managing the second phase of the project, in which archaeologists would conduct technical analysis of the finds, some of which may date back to Shakespeare's time.


A spokesperson for the birthplace trust, said it was planning a “major project” for the site in 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.


“At this very early stage we are consulting widely and hope to announce more details next year,” he said.


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