Anne Hathaway's Cottage grounds, Shottery

Description of this historic site

The site of a cottage garden, the plan of which dates to the Imperial period but the collection of plants were probably planted in the 20th century. The garden surrounds Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Shottery. Review Register entry recommended by Lovie.

Notes about this historic site

1 The flower garden and orchard beside Anne Hathaway’s Cottage are included as Grade II in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of special historic interest. The garden is probably 19th century in plan, with stone paths dividing the front area into beds of varying sizes. Lavishly planted with flowers, herbs and small shrubs, many referred to in Shakespeare’s plays or known in 16th century England. An orchard behind the house is underplanted with wild flowers.
2 House bought by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in 1892. Review of Register entry recommended.
3 OS 1:10560 1886 Sht Warks 44NW shows extent of garden and orchard at that date.
4 It seems unlikely that the garden plan was much altered by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust after 1892. However the collection of Shakespearian plants is early 20th century and reflects the nostalgic trend of that period.