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Caption for Wilmcote, Mary Arden's House (Now Palmer's Farm) C1965: This beautiful farmhouse near Stratford was built in the 16th century. It was in 1789 that it was first given the name of Mary Arden's House, reflecting a local tradition that it had been the home of Shakespeare's mother before her marriage. The house was acquired by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in 1930 and furnished as it would have been in Mary's day. Millions of tourists have visited it since. It was only very recently that it was discovered that it had never been Mary Arden's house after all - she had lived next door at Glebe Farm. Fortunately, that also belonged to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and was already open to visitors, promoted as a historic farm with a Victorian interior.

Memories of Wilmcote

My father was a builder doing war work whereever he was sent. My parents wanted all the family to be together so we all arrived in Wilmcote, my mother, father and older brother and I. We lived in an old train carriage which had been transformed into a temporary home for us. It was situated in the grounds of the home (...Read full memory)

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