Saving Shakespeare's Birthplace
14. The restoration of the Birthplace
Initially the united committees were keen to place the Birthplace into the care of the Government. However negotiations were unsuccessful and they had to make alternative plans. A donor named John Shakespeare, who claimed to be a descendant of William, offered to help financially and the restoration of the house was begun.
Using an early drawing from 1769 as a guide, the red bricks covering part of the frontage were removed and the adjoining buildings were taken down to protect it from risk of fire. A glass roof was suggested to shield it from the weather but this idea never came to pass.
Shakespeare's Birthplace, 1858
The Birthplace was photographed as the restoration progressed during the 1850s. The contrast with the house pre-restoration can be seen in the photographs below.
See below for photographs documenting the restoration work