"Anne Hathaway's cottage"
Anne Hathaway's cottage
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeAnne Hathaway's cottage - Credit: Kenneth Allen

Anne Hathaway grew up in Hewland Farm, a 12 bedroom farm house in the hamlet Shottery, just a mile from Stratford-Upon-Avon. She would have had oppurtunity to meet William Shakespeare on trips into town. She married William Shakespeare when he was 18 and she was around 26 in 1582. They had their first child, Susanna, six months later in 1583. In 1585 she gave birth to twins, Hamnet and Judith. Although Shakespeare spent much of his married life in London, he would return to Staffordshire for a period each year to the house he shared with Anne in Henley Street, Stratford-Upon-Avon. When Shakespeare retired from his life in London he returned to Stratford-Upon-Avon and Anne.  

The farm house Anne grew up in was passed on to her brother and remained in the family until 1846 when financial problems resulted in it having to be sold but they stayed on as tenants. Finally, in 1892 the property was bought by the Shakespeare Birth Place Trust and is now a tourist attraction in Shottery.