Mary Arden's Farm

Mary Arden's Farm(埃文河畔斯特拉特福)

Mary Arden's Farm
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Peter S
意大利罗马3,538 条分享
Review covers Mary Arden’s farm at Wilmcote, 10 km North-West of Stratford-upon-Avon.

William Shakespeare – English poet, actor and playwright and generally considered the best-known/revered writer in the English Language. And the farm? This is where the bard’s grandparents lived and where his mother Mary Arden was raised; it’s where you can catch a glimpse of what rural life was like in Tudor England >400 years ago.
And William Shakespeare? Well, as-far-as Mary Arden’s farm (his mother’s place) is concerned he’s not yet in the picture as-it-were – not even a walk-on part - he’s waiting there in the future a generation away. You visit the farm, explore the buildings, examine the heritage pictures and talk with the many volunteers responsible for guiding you through what you’re looking at – acting their parts, demonstrating the house and farm activities of those times, dressed in period costumes and providing you with an introduction to livestock/crops production typical of a rural community in the 15th century Midlands - how people used to live. Sanitized, of course. It’s all part of the Shakespeare Heritage Industries centred upon Stratford-upon-Avon.
That, however, is not the point … life in Tudor times was hard for ordinary folk. Mary Arden is background information, and her farmhouse represents ‘Mother’ for those crucial life, food production, culinary, medical, economic and social skills required when raising a large family – no family planning in those days – and large families covered the loss of children to all manner of diseases unimaginable to those of us living in the rich countries today. No security in old age either.
We were in Stratford to catch a glimpse of Shakespeare’s early life – before he became a famous playwright - starting with his Mother’s farm/Arden Cottage. There are two residential houses on the site. 1 Arden Family home – smaller of the two, red brick and towards the rear of the property; and 2. Palmer’s farm-house – larger, timber framed, typical of the period. It was only 20 years ago that the former was conclusively identified as the Arden Family home. Wander the houses and explore the rooms, furnishings and the modus vivendi of the many people who once lived there. Then the grounds - dovecote, cider mill (apples to pulp to juice), small livestock/out-buildings & paddocks, photographs and more. And about livestock, the farm is stocked with a dozen breeds typical of the period – cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens and more – rare breeds that can no longer match the productivity of modern breeds.
We caught the staff/actors around a large table eating their lunch – typical of the fayre found in a Tudor farmhouse of the day – bread, salad, pie of some kind – from a fine selection of china wear; white blouses, caps, hair and beards – take you pick - from this picturesque collection of farmworkers. Unbelievably clean and presentable. Novel. Interesting and friendly people talking easily with those of leaning over their shoulders - sharing their knowledge of everyday life back then.
Outside wandering the ground and the buildings we figured that we had missed the geese herding. However, we did catch the demonstration of falconry with a large brown bird flying off the heavily gloved left forearm of the falconer. Like everyone else that day he was in smart period costume – flat cap, leather waistcoat, white shirt, green knee-length breeches with long brown socks/stockings/hose below. Oh, and fine-looking facial hair – beard and moustache - matching his brilliant shirt.
Worth highlighting here – the large number of illustrated/information posters around the place describing all kinds of rural activities typical of the period, including falconry. This one describes William Shakespeare and his familiarity with this sport (with quotations from ‘The Taming of the Shrew’). Others described ‘blacksmithing’, ‘Cider making’, ‘Horse Doctor’, ‘English Housewife’, ‘Farm carts’, ‘Arden Family Tree’ and many more.
Mary had clearly come from a relatively well-to-do local family – the youngest daughter in a family of eight belonging to Robert Arden – well respected/middle income man of the shires – and his first wife Mary Webb. Social position would have ensured that Mary would have been a literate girl/woman – she would have enjoyed a level of education gained from her responsibilities – education that would have benefited her sone William. And, that Shakespeare name? It came from Mary’s marriage to John Shakespeare
What you see is what you get – this sanitized glimpse of a family home from the 15th century firmly, if briefly, linked to the life and times of William Shakespeare.
Many interesting cameos/stories then that helped make the world’s most famous English writer … but, we had a train to catch that afternoon, and one with a gorgeous English steam locomotive. We expected to be in London that evening after a delightful four-course champagne dinner. Shakespeare’s annual journeys >400 years ago over much the same route would typically have taken him six days or more walking tracks and footpaths. As he became richer – perhaps travelling by horse. No choice – steam wins hands down.

Peter Steele
12 June 2020
撰写日期:2020年6月12日
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sealeg
Perth, Australia109 条分享
Visited here during a very wet day in September 2019 when it was almost deserted of guests and yet the docents here never wavered on being fun, happy, interactive, knowledgeable and friendly, their passion in their job was refreshing and delightful to see. They were happy to answer questions, make a joke and make us feel warmly welcomed. We never felt as if our experience was cheapened or forgotten because of the lack of other visitors. In fact, we felt that our visit was better on this very wet day than maybe we might have had otherwise. This living museum included, living quarters, kitchen, quills and writing, birds of prey, and the farm animals and beautiful gardens etc. So much more than we expected. Would highly recommend for everyone particularly for young families.
撰写日期:2020年5月26日
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Carol G
新泽西大西洋城155 条分享
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This and all of the Shakespeare properties are fantastically maintained and managed. The docents at each property are world class.
撰写日期:2020年4月26日
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Cara I
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This is a must for young families who want to introduce their children to the wonderful world of Shakespeare. There is always something going on and on hot days it is just perfect. The only problem would be is it is slightly overpriced. Other than that, GET IT ON YOUR LIST!
撰写日期:2020年1月11日
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Barbara R
澳大利亚罗金厄姆55 条分享
Very interesting seeing Shakespeares birthplace and learning about his childhood and his family. The buildings are original and gave an insight to how they lived in his time. Make sure you buy a combined ticket to include other places like Shakespeare museum anne hathaways house and many others.
撰写日期:2019年12月1日
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eatsleepenjoyrepeat
加拿大Madoc57 条分享
Beautiful grounds and building! Lots of demonstrations throughout the day. Give yourself time to enjoy the grounds, demos and buildings!
撰写日期:2019年11月16日
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Eleni P
希腊阿提卡749 条分享
Ήταν η μητέρα του Shakespeare η Mary Arden και η φάρμα ανηκε στον πατέρα της John.
Είναι ένα παλιό αγροτικό σπίτι άριστα συντηρημένο και ανακαινισμένο που απεικονίζει ακριβώς ό,τι αφορά μια οικογένεια αγροτική του 16ου αιώνα.
Αναδίνει την αύρα της εποχής και σε μεταφέρει στα χρόνια εκείνα... Η κουζίνα είναι ζωντανή με το τζάκι να καίει και τα αντικείμενα που χρησιμοποιούσαν τότε, τα καθίσματα και τα λογιών λογιών είδη μικροεργαλεία και δοχεία της εποχής να είναι σε χρήση, αφού το πρωσωπικό, ντυμένο με στολές, αναπαριστά την προετοιμασία φαγητού.
Η επίσκεψη στο σαλόνι-καθιστικό κάτω απο τους ήχους τοπικών οργάνων που παίζουν μουσικοί με παραδοσιακές στολές, και μετά στο δεύτερο όροφο η επίσκεψη των δωματίων υπνου με τα έπιπλα, τα κλινοσκεπάσματα, τα μικροαντικείμενα, όλα σε μεταφέρουν στη ζωή των ενοίκων και ζεις μαζί τους όλη την ένταση της ζωής τους.
Έξω ο κήπος -τώρα πολύ περιποιημένος- με μικρές ή μεγαλύτερες κατασκευές που στεγάζουν το εργαστήριο μεταλλοτεχνίας για τις ανάγκες της φάρμας ή την αποθήκη των διαφόρων μηχανών και εργαλείων της εποχής, των αναγκαίων για την αυτοτέλεια της λειτουργίας ενός κτήματος.
Στον κήπο μπορείς να παρακολουθήσεις καθήμενος σε ξύλινες κατασκευές το προσωπικό να τρώει στο μακρύ ξύλινο τραπέζι εποχής αλλά και μια επίδειξη εξημερωμένων πτηνών, πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα.
Είναι εξαιρετικά κατατοπιστική μια τέτοια επίσκεψη για να προσεγγίσει στο ελάχιστο κανείς τον τρόπο ζωής και σκέψης των ανθρώπων τόσους αιώνες πριν.
撰写日期:2019年11月14日
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SimonInSomerset
英国布里斯托尔61 条分享
家庭
Very interesting day out. On paper you'd think this would be the least interesting of the Shakespeare tour, but it was actually the best!
Very enthusiastic and helpful staff who stayed in character and taught us a lot about the period.
撰写日期:2019年11月9日
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bensT9107YL
英国Swadlincote263 条分享
Having visited very briefly earlier in the year we were keen to spend a bit more time at the farm. We enjoyed our second visit as much as the first.

The staff and volunteers provide an excellent and engaging experience. They are clearly well briefed in the subject of Tudor life and the laws of the era and this is given from a number of perspectives.

There were a few activities on with it being half term including pumpkin carving, archery and a few guided tours. We didn't have time to do all of them but we did enjoy a nice walk around and there was a very good falconry display.

On a good warm day I could imagine that you could easily spend a whole day there with young children.
撰写日期:2019年11月8日
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smudgeev
英国赫里福德25 条分享
We arrived to an empty car park so we were suspicious. On tapping the door it was opened by a very unfriendly lady who implied that we should have known that the farm had been closed for the Winter only the day before. She then shut the door firmly. Why did they not have a sign at the entrance to inform us of the closure? After experiencing such a welcome at the other Shakespeare properties this was at best disappointing!!!
撰写日期:2019年11月4日
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