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Nash's House

By Philip_H
Nash's House, Church Street, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire.

Nash's House was named after Thomas Nash, first husband of Shakespeare's granddaughter, and a wealthy local property owner. Today, it is a well preserved Tudor building and the ground floor is furnished as it would have been in Nash's day.

Next door to Nash's House are the foundations of New Place. This was the house bought by William Shakespeare in 1597. By the late 1590s, Shakespeare was an established playwright and had amassed enough wealth to afford a new family home. New Place was the second biggest house in Stratford at the time and it was where Shakespeare lived when he was not in London. He died here in 1616.

In 1702 John Clopton radically altered, or rebuilt, the original New Place - contemporary illustrations suggest the latter. In 1756 then-owner Reverend Francis Gastrell, having become tired of visitors, attacked and destroyed a mulberry tree in the garden said to have been planted by Shakespeare. In retaliation, the townsfolk destroyed New Place's windows. Gastrell applied for local permission to extend the garden. His application was rejected and his tax was increased, so Gastrell retaliated by demolishing the house in 1759!!!!

Thanks for all the C&Cs on 'Lost Love'.

Best wishes,

Tags: Architecture Warwickshire Wisteria Stratford upon avon Church street Shakespeare birthplace trust Nashs house Thomas Nash Leaded-light window Timber framed building

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Hermanus 9 4 South Africa
27 Aug 2013 10:25AM
An amazing piece of history Philip !! I like this image a lot with the ever invasive Wisteria trying to take over the building Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.2k 2519 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2013 10:29AM
A gorgeous mixture.
nonur 13 18 13 Turkey
27 Aug 2013 11:04AM
Super story, wonderful image. As Herman indicats, it's an invader and might destroy the building unless drastically cut down each year.
Nikonuser1 Plus
9 172 16 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2013 12:23PM
Great intro Philip, for a great image, well capturedSmile

richmowil Plus
13 484 2 England
27 Aug 2013 12:29PM
Nice Image!! I like it a lot!!
EAS 13 1 13 Scotland
27 Aug 2013 1:45PM
My, but that was an enlightening and totally fascinating story! Love the image as well, of course.

27 Aug 2013 2:45PM
A window framed by the flower!! A really wonderful composition Philip.
11 5.3k 128 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2013 3:02PM
A very interesting narrative regarding Mr Nash, I always thought that this house was located in Warwick, but I must have got my wires crossed in translation. The wonderfully coloured Wisteria certainly makes for a grand performance and one which I am sure the great man himself would have enjoyed.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Jasper87 Plus
12 3.0k 162 England
27 Aug 2013 3:12PM
Seems like there was a bit of a niche for anger management courses in those days Grin A wonderful window and surrounding plant, Philip.

jdinne 19 16 England
27 Aug 2013 3:21PM
Wonderful image Philip and a wonderful narrative.

CarolG 15 199 20 Greece
27 Aug 2013 3:21PM
Just love that wisteria, Philip SmileSmileSmile Carol
ColleenA Plus
9 502 8 Australia
27 Aug 2013 4:37PM

Quote:A window framed by the flower!! A really wonderful composition Philip.

Great capture and interesting narrative
pamelajean Plus
16 1.7k 2253 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2013 8:29PM
Oooh, nasty goings-on, such vengeful people. Good image though.
Chinga Plus
11 61 3 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2013 1:08AM
Good textures on all that wood! Lovely shot... IB
20 Sep 2013 10:18PM
lovely shot

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