Thursday Doors – Mary Arden’s Farm

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Mary Shakespeare (nee Arden) was the mother of William Shakespeare and this farm is her original farm and is now a working Tudor farm where people can visits and experience life as Mary and her son, William, would have known it.

These are the activities available for visitors to the farm per the website which you can find here https://www.visitstratforduponavon.co.uk/attractions/mary-ardens-farm:

A great day out for all the family! Explore the farm yard with its centuries-old barns and original dovecote

Geese herding, falconry displays and rare breed animals

Hands on archery*

Watch the Tudor farmhands at work

Nature trails & adventure playground

New Mary Arden’s Story exhibition

Gift shop and café

Here are a few of my pictures from our visit in 2018:

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47 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – Mary Arden’s Farm

  1. An interesting post, Robbie, and I appreciate the information. As you say, a great day for a family outing. Wonderful photos! You remind me how everything appeared smaller, such as the doors and beds. A generation of shorter and smaller people.

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  2. Great photos of a very interesting place. I’ve not been there but have visited Kentwell Manor in Suffolk several times: it is a Tudor Manor House, complete with moat and drawbridge, and pre-Covid they had several recreations of Tudor life each year. Fascinating stuff!

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    1. Hi Clive, Kentwell Manor, how did I miss that out? Thank you, I have written it on my [long] list of places to visit. My favourite castle is Dover Castle, it just speaks to me and when I visit the hospital in the tunnels, I can just imagine it as a working hospital during the war. You are very lucky to live in the UK, Clive. The British are great preservers of history. Without the British and their penchant for recording history through letters and diaries, must less would be known about many historical events.

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      1. It’s well worth it if you get the chance, but only when one of the recreations is on. I was born and brought up in Dover, eight years after the end of WW2, so I saw a lot of the rebuilding going on, and visited the castle often. The GP I had as a kid had been a surgeon there during the war. She was a local legend, but never spoke about it. We’ve had a lot of history to record here!

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    1. Between you and me Priscilla, Mary Arden’s farm was the best place we visited of the three Shakespeare homes. We had to miss out the fourth as we ran out of time. I am not a quick tourist. It is a working farm and you can watch people doing things. It is fascinating.

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  3. looks wonderful. did your boys get to try the archery? And in a strange coincidence, I was doing a crossword puzzle the other day, and the clue asked for Shakespeare’s mother. I did not know the answer, but now I do!

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    1. What fun, Jim. I learn a lot from blog posts too. And often take notes about places. Sue Vincent used to send me emails with places to visit in the UK. I will really miss that correspondence when the world opens up again soon. Michael tried the archery. He is completely fascinated by sword fighting. As a lad, he was always dressed up as a ‘hero’ with a sword fighting injustice in the world

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      1. I thought I remembered one of your sons was into armor and such, so that it seemed like archery would appeal to him. How nice that you had that connection with Sue. I’m not sure if you follow Mike at A Bit About Britain https://bitaboutbritain.com/ but he provides a wealth of knowledge of places to visit as well, all deeply researched…

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    1. It is getting closer now, Liz. We will be able to start travelling again soon. The USA will be quicker but the rest of the world will follow you as always. South Africa is not a country that shares history like the UK does, but it is there if you look for it.

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    1. It is a fascinating place to visit, Janet. The fact that is a working farm makes it really interesting as you can watch people doing various functions around the farm. Michael had an archery lesson which he loved. I saw it is still closed at the moment.

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  4. Pretty wild to think you visited the farm of William Shakespeare’s mother. One of the weird things they do in America is take a tour past celebrities’ homes in Beverly Hills. I know it only includes driving by their homes, but to me, it feels terribly intrusive. I don’t think I’d ever take one of these tours.

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    1. Hi Pete, people have always been fascinated by the famous. Think of the Bronte’s and poor Arthur Bell Nichols, Charlotte’s husband, who lived in the shadow of her memory for the rest of his life. I probably would go on one of those tours. I would be very interested in seeing the houses lf celebrities, it says so much about a person.

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  5. What a treat to visit this farm where Shakespeare’s mother lived. I would love to walk through the dwellings and soak up the atmosphere! Thank you for sharing. I’ll never get over all the short doors. They must have been much smaller people back then. 🙂

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      1. Adding that kind of detail adds depth to a story, even if it’s just a passing thing. I put a grist mill in one of the Dead of Winter journeys, and had a reason for a character to explain how it worked. I did that to highlight the “non-technology” aspect of the story. I imagine you would do something very cool with a cider press! Cheers. (Toasting with virtual mug of cider.)

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