Tag Archives: New Place

Unearthing Shakespeare – Part 6

Towards the back of the New Place plot is a replica Tudor Knot Garden, this is located in the area thought to have been within the back plot (gardens) away from the main New Place structures. The Knot Garden was constructed by Earnst Law in 1919-20. During this time the original ground levels were reduced […]

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Unearthing Shakespeare – Part 5

Following the airing of Channel 4’s popular television programme, Time Team on Sunday evening, here is another episode from on the ground. Interest in the site and home of New Place continued unabated and in 1861, its gardens and barns was acquired by J.O Halliwell-Phillipps, an enthusiastic student of William Shakespeare’s history. He gave the […]

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Unearthing Shakespeare – Part 4

On Shakespeare’s death, New Place, like much of his estate, came into the possession of his elder daughter Susanna. Upon her death in 1649, Susanna bequeathed New Place to her daughter Elizabeth until she also passed away in 1670. This saw the end of the Shakespeare’s occupancy of New Place and in 1674 the ownership […]

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Unearthing Shakespeare – Part 3

Shakespeare agreed to the purchase of New Place from William Underhill on the 4th May 1597. Shakespeare’s purchase included… ‘one messuage, two barns, and two gardens with appurtenances’. The concord recording the sale, notes state that ‘the same William Shakespeare gave the said William Underhill sixty pounds sterling’, but it is generally agreed that it […]

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Unearthing Shakespeare – Part 2

New Place is best known as the home of William Shakespeare, however by the time of Shakespeare’s purchase in 1597, New Place had stood for over a hundred years. Around 1483, Sir Hugh Clopton, a wealthy merchant, important benefactor and future Lord Mayor of London (1491), acquired a burgage plot on the corner of Chapel […]

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Unearthing Shakespeare – Part 1

In 2010 and 2011 a groundbreaking and innovative archaeological project (named Dig for Shakespeare) began in Stratford-upon-Avon at New Place, the residence of William Shakespeare from 1597 until his death in 1616. The site, which is currently a formal garden belonging to The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT), has in the past been the subject of […]

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Digging the Dirt on Shakespeare

Although I wasn’t up precisely with the lark this morning, I probably heard it.   I was due at New Place in time for an interview with BBC Coventry and Warwick. Our Dig for Shakespeare recommences and it was great to see our two lead archaeologists, Kevin Colls and Will Mitchell, from Birmingham Archaeology busily […]

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Shakespeare’s Inner Sanctum

Yesterday I attended the Current Archaeology Live! Conference at The British Museum. Kevin Colls and Will Mitchell of Birmingham Archaeology who are leading our Dig for Shakespeare were doing a presentation about the project. I was on hand in my capacity as Chair of the Academic Advisory Panel for Dig for Shakespeare, and in case […]

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‘We dig the whole day through!’

Television producers take quite a lot of interest in our work at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. At 9.00 p.m. tomorrow evening, 10 September, BBC 2’s ‘Digging for Britain’ series will be devoted to the excavations that Birmingham Archaeology, assisted by a splendid team of hard-working volunteers from the local community, is undertaking on our behalf […]

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