Monday, February 27, 2012


The hamlet of Shottery is part of Stratford-upon-Avon (being around a mile or so from the town centre) though retains the feel of a separate village. Shottery is most famous for being the location of Anne Hathaway's cottage, the former childhood home of William Shakespeare's wife and now a major tourist attraction. As well as this 16th-century farmhouse are a manor house parts of which date from the 14th century (probably a tithe barn) and some other buildings which date from the 17th.
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An estate in Shottery dates from the 8th century when it was given to the Bishop of Worcester by King Offa1. By the time of the Domesday Book Shottery was included in the manor of Stratford. Shottery was recorded as officially having a manor itself by 1354 and the oldest remains of Shottery Manor date from here though records of some kind of manor exist from the 12th century2.

1) Philip Styles (editor). "The borough of Stratford-upon-Avon: Manors." A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 3: Barlichway hundred (1945): 258-266. British History Online. Web. 27 February 2012. <>
2) J. J. Belton. "Shottery the Mother of Stratford" <>

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