Thursday, 22 September 2011

Inside Anne Hathaway's cottage

The 'bread oven' in the cottage.
 I'm afraid it's a bit of a lazy blog post today - more pictures from Anne Hathaway's cottage - this time from inside.  Of course, none of the artefacts inside actually belonged to William Shakespeare or Anne Hathaway.  In fact, the cottage was only two rooms when Anne lived there.  After her wedding to Shakespeare, she went to live with the Shakespeare family 'in town'.  However, as an insight to what life would have been like at that time - the 1560s - it's a wonderful educational tool.

A wooden trenchard - a 16th century dinner plate, with a groove for salt.
The guides inside the museum are extremely helpful and seem to enjoy discussing the contents of the cottage.  They were very knowledgeable.

Not the famous 'second best bed' left to Anne in her husband's will.

The kitchen is perhaps the highlight of the cottage.


Kathryn Warner said...

Great pics! I went to Stratford on a school trip, but don't remember visiting Anne's cottage - must rectify that some day. :)

Anerje said...

Thanks! Well, Anne's cottage is just outside the town, so Will had to walk out of Stratford. It is easy to walk to though.

Gabriele C. said...

And people were more used to walking. Horses were expensive and carriages even more so, and there were no local bus services (though I'm not sure that would have made a difference in England anyway, lol).

Anerje said...

LOL! and of course, Gabriele, there was no tourist bus either!:>