Shakespeare & Charlecote Park

In this 400th year of Shakespeare we’re thrilled to be hosting a joint event with Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

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On Wednesday, 7th September 2016, from 5.30-7.30 pm, we have Sir Stanley Wells and Professor Paul Edmondson with us to discuss that famous legend that links us with the bard….

Charlecote’s house, completed by Thomas Lucy in 1558, the year Elizabeth I ascended the throne, was one of the first great country houses in Warwickshire and the focus of the poaching scandal which apparently sent Shakespeare fleeing to London! Still part of the Lucy family, the house will host an evening with Sir Stanley Wells and Paul Edmondson to celebrate Shakespeare in his county. We will begin with prosecco and canapés overlooking the deer park and then make our way to the great hall to hear Stanley and Paul talk about Shakespeare and enjoy a private view of the house, including the unique exhibit of the quarto of The Merry Wives of Windsor, the Second Folio and Ortelius’s map of Illyria, where Twelfth Night is set.

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Sharing Sonnets at Charlecote Park

Just a few weeks ago we were celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare.  As part of our Charlecote celebrations we asked visitors to help us write sonnets at the writing desk of Mary Elizabeth, Mistress of Charlecote. We were really impressed with your contributions and wanted to share some on the lines you wrote.

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Here we are at Charlecote park, A family day out what a lark.

William Shakespeare was caught poaching here!
(Matthew Aged 34)

Tulips bloom in rampant, sunny splendour

The deer roamed the park at will, fish saw swiftly

The eternal sunshine ripples beyond the fields and sky.

Here in Charlecote House we live, love and Laugh

Its beautiful walls and ceilings divine

There are over 360 pikes on the carpet (Poppy age 7)

Play billiards while we drink wine, so divine

The rooms are grand and full of precious things

Elizabeth the 1st stayed for two nights ( Olivia Age 11)

Hark, Hark, tis Mary Elizabeth’s on her Harp!

The Sun is Bright and throws it’s light

To be in to be out that is the question?

Our thanks to all who helped pen a line.

 ©National Trust Images/James Dobson

©National Trust Images/James Dobson

“As Shakespeare said upon his day, Thou art more lovely than a Summers day, and still holds to this day.”

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Shakespeare400: Share a #SelfieWithShakespeare!

You can’t have missed the special birthday celebrations that are taking place this weekend to celebrate a certain local lad and pesky poacher, William Shakespeare!

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2016 is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death which will be marked in Stratford-upon-Avon and around the world by a series of special projects and events led by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and others. You can find out more about wider celebrations and events by visiting the Shakespeare400 website.

cropAlways up for a celebration, we didn’t want this one to pass us by (despite Shakey being in our bad books). To mark the occasion there’s a flavour of Shakespeare about the site over the next few days. Sonnets and selfies are what we’d like to see…

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‘Sing Lousy Lucy’: Shakespeare and the roes of Charlecote

We’re sharing another blog post today that has been written by Bettina Harris, Library Support Assistant at Shakespeare Institute Library. The University of Birmingham’s world-renowned research and reference collection on English Renaissance literature is housed at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon.

This post explore the link we have here at Charlecote with the famous bard…

‘Sing Lousy Lucy’: Shakespeare and the roes of Charlecote

Charlecote, the seat of the Lucy family, and the first, very large country house known to have been built in Warwickshire in the latter part of the 16th century, was begun in 1559 or 1560. It was of brick, the fashionable material of the day, and originally consisted of a main block, one room deep, and two projecting wings. A two-storied porch, decorated in the classical style, was added later. If viewed from above, the house then resembled  a large capital E lying on its side, and so it is supposed that the addition was in compliment to Queen Elizabeth I.


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