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shakespeare’s birthplace

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Although the specific date is unknown (most agree it was April 23, 1564 since he was baptized three days later on April 26), it is widely believed that William Shakespeare was born in this house. He lived in it throughout his childhood and for the first five years of his marriage to Anne Hathaway.

John Shakespeare (WIlliam's father) has documented ownership of the building as early as 1552, when he was fined for leaving a pile of muck on Henley Street. John was a wool merchant and glove maker who lived and worked out of the building with his family.

Today, the restored building has tours and an associated museum and is owned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

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