The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has transformed New Place, the site of William Shakespeare’s grand family home into a contemporary heritage landmark where visitors can connect with the playwright on the very ground where he lived for almost 20 years. The re-imagination of Shakespeare’s New Place is the biggest and most enduring project anywhere in the world to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016.
New Place is part of the wider Shakespeare story told through various properties in the town, but offers a unique opportunity for visitors to learn about the place where he lived with his family, where he may have written many of his famous works, and where he died.
The scope of the project can be broadly described as the following:
- Conservation and repair works to the Grade I Listed Nash’s House
- Alteration works to the listed building including a new two storey oak framed rear extension.
- Intervention on the site of New Place with a new landscape scheme interpreting the footprint of the former 15th Century New Place, home to William Shakespeare which was demolished in 1702.
- Restoration and simple alteration works to the Grade II listed Knot Garden and adjacent landscape area.
The works were part funded by Historic England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Shakespeare’s New Place