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Shakespeare's Townhouse




Deed of bargain and sale for Shakespeare's purchase of the Blackfriars Gatehouse. Manuscript, March 10, 1613.


William Shakespeare was a shrewd investor. He profited handsomely as a shareholder in his acting company, the King’s Men. In 1597, he purchased New Place, one of the finest homes in Stratford, and he seems to have retired

there by the spring of 1613. But at that time, he also purchased a London townhouse at Blackfriars as an investment.

 

This is Shakespeare’s copy of the deed. He made a cash deposit of £80 on a sales price of £140. The three trustees for the sale included John Heminges, who co-edited Shakespeare’s complete works after his death. Also after his death, Shakespeare’s trustees sold the Blackfriar’s property.

 


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