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Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Gardens

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Today we started off with a visit to Anne Hathaway’s cottage & gardens. We were lucky enough to be blessed with nice weather, since the previous day was dreary and rainy. The trip to the cottage was sunny and really showed off how green Stratford-upon-Avon is, especially since Spring is coming up!

walking through town

walking through town

on the way to Anne Hathaway's house!

on the way to Anne Hathaway’s house!

lovely stream

lovely stream

When we arrived, we were allowed to explore at our own leisure. I decided to take the time and explore the gardens before entering the house, taking advantage of the sunlight while I could! The cat we found wandering around the gardens was adorable and actually let us carry him (her?), but I unfortunately did not have enough time to meet the horses at the stables.

Anne Hathaway's house

Anne Hathaway’s house

"cottage and gardens"

“cottage and gardens”

the beautiful gardens!

the beautiful gardens!

what a lovely morning

what a lovely morning

what a cutie!

what a cutie!

Anne Hathaway's cottage

Anne Hathaway’s cottage

I don't know what it is, but it's cool

I don’t know what it is, but it’s cool

why hello there!

why hello there!

The cottage was really historically interesting, especially because of the information plaques that contained photos of displayed items such as Shakespeare’s Courting Chair (supposedly passed down from William Shakespeare to his granddaughter Lady Elizabeth Barnard, and from her to the Hathaway family), and the Hathaway Bed (again supposedly given to the Hathaway family by Lady Elizabeth Barnard, William Shakespeare’s granddaughter). 

Shakespeare's Courting Chair

Shakespeare’s Courting Chair

'Shakespeare's Courting Chair' information

‘Shakespeare’s Courting Chair’ information

The Hathaway Bed

The Hathaway Bed

'The Hathaway Bed' information

‘The Hathaway Bed’ information

Mary Baker

Mary Baker

Mary Baker information

Mary Baker information

After the cottage rooms, we saw the display gallery containing information about the gardens and the use of flowers in Shakespeare’s literary works. The language of flowers has always interested me, especially when flowers can have different meanings across different cultures. I really enjoyed reading the piece about Ophelia, and I hope to have the chance to watch Hamlet performed onstage. The wall for post-it notes between lovers was pretty adorable as well.

Victorian Gardens

Victorian Gardens

Anne Hathaway's cottage garden

Anne Hathaway’s cottage garden

the Language of Flowers

the Language of Flowers

saying it with flowers

saying it with flowers

Shakespeare's Flowers

Shakespeare’s Flowers

Ophelia's Flowers

Ophelia’s Flowers

Shakespeare and Flowers

Shakespeare and Flowers

Elizabethan superstition

Elizabethan superstition

'say it with flowers' post-it wall

‘say it with flowers’ post-it wall

The cottage was overall a historically interesting experience, and because of the warm and sunny weather the gardens were just beautiful. I am definitely glad the weather cleared up, because I would not have wanted to walk around in mud while touring the cottage gardens!

steps back to the exit

steps back to the exit

the gardens in front of Anne Hathaway's cottage

the gardens in front of Anne Hathaway’s cottage

sheep!

sheep!

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