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Sharing Shakespeare's Story

Birthplace window

From the 19th century onward a number of ‘notable’ people visited the Birthplace and autographed the walls and windows (using, in the case of the latter, diamond rings). Although the signed walls have long since been painted over. this window from the Birthroom remains. It stayed in place in the Birthoom until the mid-1990s when it was removed for safe keeping. It now resides in the exhibition room. 

The earliest date we have found on the window is from 1806, and the hundreds of signatures include some famous names such as Ellen Terry and Walter Scott.

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In the nineteenth century visitors scratched their names on the window. The earliest date is 1807

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It is the oldest window in the house. It used to be in the birthroom

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