Shakespeare acquires some property in Chapel Lane, September 1602

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Date:28th of September 1602

Description:Copy of court roll recording the assignment to William Shakespeare of premises in Chapel Lane.

In 1597, Shakespeare had purchased New Place, a large house on the corner of Chapel Street and Chapel Lane. Five years later, in 1602, he took the opportunity of acquiring a cottage and land on the opposite side of Chapel Lane. The premises formed part of manor of Rowington but, before Shakespeare acquired them, had been let to Walter Getley. In 1602, Shakespeare must have negotiated a transfer and, as recorded in this copy of an entry on the court roll for 28 September, Getley surrendered his tenancy on the understanding that it would be granted to Shakespeare. In fact, Shakespeare never appeared in court to be formally admitted to the property, perhaps due to his absence in London; but there is no doubt that the property passed to him as it is mentioned in his will.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust reference: ER 28/1


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1570s
Note of Shakespeare's ownership of New Place and its garden, c. 1605-10
Note of Shakespeare's ownership of New Place and its garden, c. 1605-10

On the back of a 1572 lease of a barn and garden in Chapel Lane, a clerk later scribbled ...

1590s
William Shakespeare buys New Place, May 1597
William Shakespeare buys New Place, May 1597

In May 1597, William Shakespeare purchased New Place from William Underhill. This ...

1990s
Artist's impression of New Place, Stratford upon Avon
Artist's impression of New Place, Stratford upon Avon

Artist's impression of New Place as it would have been in the time of William Shakespeare. New ...

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Donor ref:ER 28/1 (18/10075)

Source: The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust - Records

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