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
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.
More details can be found on the Web at www.shakespeare.org.uk.