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Hall's Croft

This intriguing house is situated in the Old Town area of Stratford, a few footsteps away from Shakespeare's burial place at Holy Trinity Church. This house was home to Shakespeare's daughter Susanna who in 1607 married a highly-respected local physician, Doctor John Hall (after whom the house is named). The Tudor building is of remarkable interest apart from its Shakespearian connections. The oldest part of the house dates from the early part of the 16th century. It was originally a small building with outhouses and was later enlarged to provide an imposing residence for Dr John Hall. Indications of the Hall family wealth are evident in the generous use of wood on the exterior of the house.*

The building now houses a collection of 16th and 17th century paintings and furniture, typical of a middle class family such as that of John and Susanna Hall. There is also an exhibition about Doctor John Hall and the obscure medical practices of his time. The property includes a dramatic walled garden which contains a variety of plants, trees and herbs that John Hall may have used in his treatments. John and Susanna Hall later moved to New Place, which William Shakespeare left to his daughter after his death.

* In Shakespeare's lifetime most houses were made from comparably fragile 'wattle and daub' (woven wooden sticks cemented with horsehair and cow manure). Wealthier families added wood to the frames of their houses, to achieve greater security from thieves.

Visiting the properties
All the Shakespeare properties are open to the public. To find out more visit the following website:

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
The official website of the Sheakespeare Birthplace Trust. The Trust administers all the Shakespeare properties in Stratford. Their website includes full details of opening hours and admission charges.

Hall's Croft
Hall's Croft

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