Shakespeare's eldest daughter, Susanna, married Doctor John Hall, and Hall's Croft was their home. It's filled with period furniture, and the history of the couple. It's on Old Town street, and is the nearest of the Shakespeare sites to Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare is buried. Sadly, Susanna outlived her children, and her sister had none. Shakespeare's son, Hamnet (named after a good friend and neighbor), died at the age of 11. That eventually ended the direct lineage of Shakespeare.
Hall's Croft exhibits some of the good Doctor's writings, as well as objects of the physician's trade. In England, a doctor could not perform surgery, only a barber-surgeon could. A doctor would have been referred to as Mr., not Dr.
The house, itself is being renovated with the proceeds of visitor's entrance fees. There is a lot to renovate. In the back of the building, visible from the gardens, there are jacks holding up the second storey.
They have a unique gift shop, whose merchandise is all from local artists. The proceeds support the further preservation and restoration of the building. All the items are unique, and diverse. Well worth a visit.
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April 30, 2013
Many thanks for your lovely review of your trip to Hall's Croft. I'm delighted that you enjoyed your visit. It certainly is an interesting house and well worth a visit.
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