Anne Hathaway's Cottage


Cast Iron Bookends Depicting Anne Hathaway's Cottage Near Stratford-on-Avon (LEO Design)


Anne Hathaway (1556-1623), wife of William Shakespeare, lived most of her life in and around Stratford-on-Avon, England. Her husband, the prolific playwright, spent much of his time working in London, leaving Anne in Stratford with their three children.

As a girl, Anne grew up in a spacious twelve room Tudor farmhouse, about a mile from Stratford-on-Avon.  The house, now called "Anne Hathaway's Cottage," was built over 500 years ago and has been added-to over the centuries.  It sat on a farm of 90 acres.  The timber-framed house has a thatched roof and multiple fireplaces, the largest of which was used for cooking.

The Hathaway family lived in the house until 1892, at which point it was taken-over by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust which has converted it into a museum.  The Trust removed any inappropriate (later) modifications and have furnished it as it would have appeared in Shakespeare's day.  The period rooms are surrounded by a period garden and a sculpture garden inspired by The Bard's works.

These handsome cast iron bookends depict a bas relief rendering of Anne Hathaway's Cottage—still a popular tourist site today.  Interestingly, it is framed with a Regency-Style "proscenium arch," more appropriate to the early 1800's.  Click on the photo above to learn more about it.


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