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Courting Settle


The settle has four horizontal planks joined by shaped and edge-moulded uprights to sides and two moulded battens to the rear; the single-plank moulded seat supported on extensions of the side uprights with integral shaped arms; raised on sledge feet; English, c.1760-1800; the top back of the settle now attached to the ceiling beam by iron rods; the uprights with old bracing; the seat reinforced with planked under-framing; heavy worm damage, especially to seat and lower portions. Has become traditionally known as Shakespeare and Anne's 'courting settle'.

  • Object number

    STRST : SBT 1993-31/593

  • Date


  • Material

    wood elm

  • Measurements

  • Length

    1.37 metres

  • Height

    1.46 metres

  • Location

    Anne Hathaway's Cottage - Parlour

  • Credit line

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