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William Shakespeare's family home doubled as a work shop for his father's business as a glove maker. The area behind the house would have been used to support John Shakespeare's business with outbuildings storing animal skins and liming pits. The family is likely to have kept a pig, hens and a horse. They would have grown vegetables, herbs and fruit trees for cooking and medicine.
Today, the recreated workshop provides a fascinating insight into John Shakespeare's prestigious trade as a glover and the beautiful gardens create a charming backdrop for live performances from our in-house acting company, Shakespeare Aloud!
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