Welcome to Dream Bookish Destinations. This is my new feature in which I lust over Bookish Destinations across the world. On top of my love for books I love architecture and design so please don’t be surprised if I start blabbering about the actual buildings in this feature as I probably will do that!
What is it? Shakespeare’s Birthplace
Where is it? Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon
History: Well, this was the house where it is believed Shakespeare was born and grew up in, around 1560 odd! It’s unknown when exactly but he was baptised in 1564 so sometime around then! For over 250 years people have visited the house, including other famous writers such as Dickens and Hardy.
Why I want to go there: For one it’s Shakespeare’s house?! Come on, who wouldn’t want to go there?! I know we’re all forced to read Shakespeare and pretty much nothing else at school and I admit by sixth form I was practically screaming “OMG there are other poets and playwrights you know!!!” but I can’t deny the magic of William Shakespeare’s words and to think I could tread the same floorboards as him for just a few minutes, awesome! The house is a half-timber structure with the timber frame showing through the rendering and I love those types of houses, it has been beautifully reconstructed over the years and is very well looked after. I think it would be awesome to see the eaves that Shakespeare saw every morning when he woke up!