Did you know the front part of the Shakespeare Shop was built in the late 15th century?
The building known today as Hornby Cottage was re-fronted in brick around 1800 but you can still see the exposed timber framework on the right return. The original building would have had three bays, with a central recessed hall. Today only the original hall bay and the bay to the right survive.
At the time Shakespeare was living on Henley Street, the property was occupied by Richard Hornby, a blacksmith. Richard died in 1606 and the house and the business passed to his son Thomas. The house was later owned by Thomas Nash, who would go on to marry Shakespeare's granddaughter, Elizabeth Hall.
Left: The black-and-white photograph show Hornby Cottage in the early 1900s during the demolition of the adjoining property. Right: Hornby Cottage as we know and love it today 2022.
Come and visit us and our historical shop on Henley Street.
We are open 10 - 4pm, 7 days a week
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