Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Retrospectives - Mary Arden's Farm

Retrospectives - Looking back at old memories to bring the past into the future.

Mary Arden's Farm is where William Shakespeare's mother, Mary, grew up.  It is close to Stratford Upon Avon and was part of our tour of the Shakespeare family houses.







It was apple harvest time when we visited, so lots of apples were ready for pressing for cider making, and just on display to look pretty!


This barrel is enormous!













The beams and ceilings were amazing.  Such wonderful craftsmanship.













I have no idea what this costumed guide was up to!













The pigs were happy to see any visitors!



This is the wheelwrights area.





Neither of these pictures is very clear, but the cattle were so amazing that I had to show them to you!



I hope that you enjoyed your visit with me.  It was nice to go back again myself!

Amy

39 comments:

  1. A wonderful tour, bringing back some great memories. I will show my Mum later she will love this post she was born and actually lived her childhood in Stratford on Avon before she married my Dad and moved to York. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Mary Arden's farm looks a lovely place to visit. Great photo of the pigs - do you remember the Tamworth Two a while back, those naughty pigs that went on the run?! X

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  3. It's wonderful that these buildings are still here and part of our history. I don't remember visiting Mary Arden's Farm when we had a trip to Shakespeare country with school, but we may well have done, it was a long time ago.

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  4. What a fascinating place, you've visited some really amazing spots. I love those pink apples, delicious. CJ xx

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  5. All that timbering shows how well off they were. Oak was expensive as a building material. I like the correct use of firedogs in the fireplace too.. no basket.

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  6. Looks a fascinating place - thank you; I'll put it on the list!

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  7. This is another place I would really enjoy! I love stepping back into history and feeling what life was like. You've found some great ones lately!

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  8. What a lovely place lots of interesting things to see - I love it for its simplicity they have had a good lot of apples - they are everywhere but look so good.

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  9. Thank you for sharing these pics Amy, I remember the farm well, it's a lovely day out isn't it. We went in the spring and they had dark brown sheep (can't remember the breed) with 2-day-old lambs - so sweet! The apple press looks really impressive and the timber-framed building is magnificent. I love the picture of the pigs, reminds me of the Tamworth Two saga :o) Hope you are keeping well Amy.
    Jane xx

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  10. Brilliant, a wonderful tour thanks for sharing. I love these sorts of places, steeped in history. All the beams and roof trusses brought back memories of my farm in Devon which was made in a similar way dating back before 1598. Great seeing life of yesteryear xcx

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  11. How fascinating, Amy.
    I knew nothing of Shakespeare's mother - thank you.
    Cheers ~ Eddie

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  12. How lovely! I've never visited this house although I've been to Ann Hathaway's Cottage and the other Shakespeare houses in the town. I love the interior photos and also those of the apples which look wonderful:)

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  13. Very interesting - a lovely place to visit. I'm now old enough to remember some of those items displayed! My granny had a mangle for a start.

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  14. Those were houses built to LAST!!! LOL

    Oh my .....those poor piggies. They are so skinny!

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  15. What nice place Amy! Love the pics.
    Thanks by sharing dear!
    xo

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  16. Oh Amy, how I loved this post. I could happily live in that house. I didn't know much at all about Shakespeare's mother, so thank you for all this great history information. You know how I'm such a history nerd and this post couldn't have come at a better time for me :)

    I hadn't realized that I hadn't added your blog to my list yet, but I just did it, so now I can come visit you all the time and go back and read through your older posts.

    Have a lovely Wednesday!
    xoxoxo

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  17. love. love. love. this old place!! I know it is one I'd love to visit in person one day! Thanks for the tour, Amy. blessings ~ tanna

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  18. Fascinating visit, I learned so much and would have loved to see those pigs in person.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  19. So interesting. The house and its contents don't seem as "old-fashioned" as I might have pictured them to. Just one more place I have to visit someday. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  20. I love the apples everywhere - and that little goat looks deep in thought!

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  21. That is the kind of vacation I love, touring old houses and hearing and seeing the history behind what I see. Lovely. When we were up in Portsmouth NH we toured a historical village and it was teeming with old houses at different time periods. My favorite was the 1940's house, the speaker there was full of information and funny :) Great photos!

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  22. Lovely visit with you! Loved the animals, and those apples! Yum!

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  23. So nice there are also real animals there - it makes it more "real". We have something similar around here, Bokrijk, it's an "open air museum". But Bokrijk didn't have such a famous inhabitant like Mary Arden !
    Nice photos !!

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  24. Isn't the house lovely-appreciate too the craftsmanship, makes them feel homely. Love the horse pic-he looks resigned to visitors taking pics-ha ha. Hope you better in yourself now love

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  25. Lovely old house and I love all the bits and bobs that go with it xx

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  26. Thanks for sharing looks like a great place to visit.
    Clare x

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  27. What a fascinating place, thank you for sharing x

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  28. So cool, I love everything about Shakespeare. I have read so much books. I had no idea about his life..
    The house is so cute.
    So much details from the life at this age.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Miss.

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  29. It looks great Amy, love the picture of all the apples in the press, thanks for sharing your pictures, another lovely place to visit. :) xx

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  30. What a great place to visit! Last weekend I wanted to tour an old southern plantation and my husband didn't think there was anything to it and didn't stop. Please! I'm gonna take me a group of ladies next time. This place is wonderful!

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  31. Thank you for the amazing tour, Amy! Love all those old-timey gadgets and tools, the wonderful animals and barn and the gorgeous woodwork and windows in the house. The cider press is really special. xo Karen

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  32. Dear Amy, what beautiful photos of an interesting place (we went there too!) Aren't the apples the most glorious colour? They make every picture a stunner. The English way with interior beams is beautiful - I love to see it in the housing shows from the UK like Grand Designs. Tudor rose is gorgeous too. xx

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  33. Can I come to visit you and see some of these places with you?!?!?! It would be a dream for me to visit here! The wood work in that cottage is beautiful and the apples!!! I really enjoyed seeing the press and how they made cider in those days! So much rich history!!! Thanks for taking us along friend and I hope that you are having a good week! Nicole xoxo

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  34. Wonderful pictures! Thanks for the great tour! :)

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  35. I love it, love it, love it. Just my kind of day out. Beautiful pictures but I think I would have had to have taken the goat home, I love goats...... so cute x

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  36. I was really enjoying the photos and got to the pigs... they crack me up! It's like they wanted a good petting and cuddle! Haha! I'm sorry if I miss postings and don't comment as often, the school year has started so I'm back to work... but I do think about you!!
    Much love,
    Tammy xx

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  37. What a fabulous day out - so much interesting stuff to see - the kitchen looked fab - but the piggies are my favourite.

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  38. Amy, as ever another interesting post. I adore all those wooden beams

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  39. Such a great tour Amy, this is yet another place I would like to visit. I love coming here as you give me lots of new ideas of places to see!

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