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The Blackfriars Deed

This deed of bargain and sale records a real estate purchase Shakespeare made relatively late in life. By 1613, Shakespeare had invested in several properties in and around Stratford-upon-Avon, where he is generally thought to have retired by that time. Only one of his real-estate purchases was in London, a property in the Blackfriars district not far from the Blackfriars Theater. A "gate-house" built partly above a gate in the wall surrounding the district, it came with an enclosed garden plot. This document is the one belonging to Shakespeare. Because it was his copy, there was no need for him to sign it.
Deed of bargain and sale for Shakespeare's purchase of the Blackfriars Gatehouse. Manuscript, March 10, 1613.

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