|HMV Oxford Street|
|NFL Banners on Regent Street|
The house itself is relatively simple, but for the late 16th century it would have been considered a substantial dwelling. John Shakespeare, William's father, was a glove maker and wool dealer, and the house was originally divided in two parts to allow him to carry out his business from the same premises.
|Dining Room with stone-flagged floors and sample gloves|
|Plan after the house became an inn|
|The Backside Exterior|
|The Boys' Room adjoining the Birthroom|
|The Pantry with the goose about to be cooked|
Good frend for Iesvs sake forbeare,
To digg the dvst encloased heare.
Bleste be ye man yt spares thes stones,
And cvrst be he yt moves my bones.
(Modern spelling: Good friend, for Jesus' sake forbear, | To dig the dust enclosed here. | Blessed be the man that spares these stones, | And cursed be he that moves my bones.)
|Actors on the site|
|Queen Elizabeth I|
Ah, what fools we mortals be, so I'll leave you with that thought and continue with some more Cotswold pictures tomorrow. Until then, night.