Henley Street

Shakespeare’s Birthplace is the 16th century,timber-framed building, owned and lived in by Shakespeare’s father, John, until his death in 1601. Ownership remained with the descendants of Shakespeare himself, and then of his sister, until 1806.

Public Library

One or two important medieval buildings in Henley Street lie concealed behind later frontages but one, the Public Library, is still clearly visible. Saved from demolition in 1901, it was in such a poor state that only thorough restoration ensured its survival.

Bridge Street

Bridge Street was laid out as a broad thoroughfare to provide a space for the weekly market. A reminder today that this was once the site of the town market is the Market Hall, now Barclay’s Bank, built in 1821.