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London, England, United Kingdom
March 9, 2010
From journal Shakespeare's Stratford
August 23, 2004
Unfortunately, the next owner of the house, Reverend Francis Gastrell, was not so obliging. Gastrell took out his fury on a mulberry tree in the garden, which is said to be planted by Shakespeare. The inhabitants of Stratford retaliated against Gastrell’s behaviour by smashing his windows. In a tragic final act of madness, this time annoyed at Land Tax demands, Gastrell razed New Place to the ground. Gastrell was driven out of Stratford by murderous Stratfordians, and anyone of the same name was banned from living in Stratford forever.
Now where New Place once stood is an intriguing exact replica of an Elizabethan Knott Garden. The foundations of New Place are accessed via Nash's House, once home of Thomas Nash. The half-timbered front is a replica of the original replaced by a facade of brick and stucco in the 1700s. The building is now home to Stratford's local history museum, housing many pieces of fine Jacobean and Tudor furniture. At the rear of Nash's House and New Place is an enclosed garden, entered via Chapel Lane. The Shakespeare Memorial Garden, tended by The Birthplace trust, stands on the site of New Place's orchards and kitchen gardens. The garden is laid out in a formal Elizabethan manner, typical of Shakespeare's day. As the guide was briefing us on the story, I could visualise the entire episode.
From journal Visit to the Literary Landmark in Britain
Saint John, New Brunswick
August 10, 2004
Hall’s Croft is home of Shakespeare’s daughter Susanna, which displays 16th and 17th century medical artifacts.
August 2, 2004
From journal Fall in love with the lovely Stratford