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This is Ann Hathaway's cottage situated about 1 mile west of Sratford in the hamlet called "Shottery".
Ann Hathaway was Shakespeare's wife, whom he married in 1582 at the age of 18, when she was already 26 years old. Her family who were friends of the Shakespeare family lived in this cottage as yeoman farmers. So, it is assumed this is where young William did his courtship.
The couple had three children : Susanna born in 1583, and twins Hamnet and Judith born in 1585.
The boy Hamnet died at the age of 11 ; There were only the 2 girls left. They both had children , but no grandchildren, so there are no direct descendants to the great playwright.

After 1585, Shakespeare left Stratford, and until 1587, there are 2 years of great mystery about what he did with his life.
In 1587, he reappears in London in the theatre circles, and by 1592, he is starting to get a name with the play : Henry VI.
During all his working life in the theatre circles, he lived mainly in London, but came back regularly to Stratford, where he eventually retired in 1611 and died in 1616 at the age of 52.
He has his tomb in Trinity Church, not because of his fame as a playwright, but because he had bought a Membership of the Church for 400£, which was a very important sum at the time.

This is where I photographed my little robin of pict 179, on the handrail where the man in blue is standing to the right.

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