Much ado about Shakespeare's mum's home

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, England -- It took 413 years, but the world finally knows where Mary Arden, William Shakespeare's mother, lived in this English town: About 50 yards from where her official residence was thought to have been.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust attributed the discovery "to skillful detective work" by a local reasearcher commissioned to undertake a historical and architectural reappraisal of the trust's adjoining pieces of land, the Arden House and Glebe Farm, which together comprise the whole compound associated with Mary Arden.

Turns out that the Ardens lived in a house on what has been known as Glebe Farm.

Glebe Farm will now assume the Arden name and the old Mary Arden's House will be called Palmer's Farm, after the Adam Palmer family who actually lived there, records show.

The British Tourist Authority in London had little to say on the revelation but told Travel Weekly that "anything that reawakens interest in Shakespeare is a good thing."

Visitors can tour the whole compound year-round. Admission is about $8 per adult.

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