Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Coordinates: 52°11′26″N 1°43′53″W / 52.19065°N 1.7315°W / 52.19065; -1.7315
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Anne Hathaway's Cottage
General information
AddressShottery, Warwickshire, England
Coordinates52°11′26″N 1°43′53″W / 52.19065°N 1.7315°W / 52.19065; -1.7315
RenovatedApril 1610 - October 1624
OwnerShakespeare Birthplace Trust
Technical details
Structural systemTimber framing

Anne Hathaway's Cottage is a twelve-roomed farmhouse where Anne Hathaway, the wife of William Shakespeare, lived as a child in the village of Shottery, Warwickshire, England, about 1 mile (1.6 km) west of Stratford-upon-Avon. Spacious, and with several bedrooms, it is now set in extensive gardens.


The earliest part of the house dates to 1463, when it was still a three roomed building with only one floor; the higher part is 17th century, being built between April 1610 and October 1624. The house was known as Hewlands Farm in Shakespeare's day and had more than 90 acres (36 hectares) of land attached to it; to call it a cottage is arguably a misnomer, as it is much larger than the term usually implies. As in many houses of the period, it has multiple chimneys to spread the heat evenly throughout the house during winter. The largest chimney was used for cooking. It also has visible timber framing, typical of vernacular Tudor architecture.

The Hathaway family moved there in 1542, with John Hathaway, grandfather of Anne Hathaway, being the first Hathaway to live there.

After the death of Richard Hathaway (father of Anne Hathaway) in 1581, the cottage was owned by Anne Hathaway's brother Bartholomew, who began to expand the building starting on 1 April 1610 and continuing until his death on 28 October 1624, and was passed down the Hathaway family until 1846, when financial problems, which began in 1700, forced them to sell it. However, it was still occupied by them as tenants when it was acquired in 1892 by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, which removed later additions and alterations; William Baker was the last to live in the property and he left when his mother Mary Baker died in 1911.

In 1969 the cottage was badly damaged in a fire, but was restored by the Trust.[1] It is now open to the public as a museum.


In 1920, horticulturist Ellen Willmott was commissioned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to advise on design and planting in the garden around the cottage, following the introduction of a large sewer which destroyed the previous garden. Her designs for the flower garden and orchard were intended to compliment the buildings. Many of the plants chosen were mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays, with pastel combination in borders that remain colourful throughout the year. Much of her layout and plant choices are in place today, including the three flower beds near the cottage entrance, named Miss Willmott’s garden.[2][3][4][5]


Anne Hathaways Cottage and garden

Full size replicas of Anne Hathaway's cottage have been built around the world:

Sculpture Trail at Anne Hathaway's cottage and garden[edit]


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