Birthplace Window


This window is made up of four separate sections each with 15 small panes of glass divided by lead. The second panel from the right has a metal turnbuckle on its left-hand side. Before 1995 this window was still in place in the birthroom; early visitors to the Birthplace were encouraged to leave their name on the window and there are stories that Mary Hornby, the last resident of the property until 1820, charged money for this privilege. Many famous names appear etched on the glass including Henry Irving, Ellen Terry, Thomas Carlyle and Walter Scott.

  • Object number

    STRST : SBT 2013-8

  • Date

    c. 1700

  • Material

    glass lead

  • Location

    Shakespeare's Birthplace - Exhibition room

  • Credit line

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