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Palmer's Farm, viewed from the barn


An etching of Palmer's Farm, Wilmcote, viewed from the barn, about 1990, by John Brunsdon, commissioned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for the James I Lounge. Palmer's Farm was at one time known as Mary Arden's House and was thought to have been the childhood home of Shakespeare's mother.

The house was first referred to as Mary Arden's House in 1798. Since 2000 however, it has been known as Palmer's Farm, following new research. The red-brick cottage to the south-west (previously called Glebe Farm) is where Mary Arden is believed to have lived.

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    CC-BY-NC-ND Image Courtesy of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust