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Thursday, 31 March 2016

Signed by the Baird


A special glimpse for you today.   This piece of paper is the deed of a house sale dated 10 March 1613, purchased by William Shakespeare from Henry Walker (a musician).  Situated in the city of London near Blackfriars he paid the grand sum of £140.  Sadly it was lost in the Great Fire in 1666.

The deed is on display at the Guildhall, as part of the 400 year anniversary of Shakespeare's death.  Unfortunately today is the last day of the exhibition (I only discovered it myself yesterday).  What makes it extra special is that it is only one of six authenticated examples of his signature


5 comments:

Angie said...

Glad you made it -just in time!!

Bill Nicholls said...

The paper is no doubt worth a lot more now than the house he bought

Sharon Anck said...

Wow, this is fantastic. I'm so glad you photographed it to share with us. I can still remember being impressed the the memorial to Shakespeare inside the Southwark Cathedral.

William Kendall said...

That is fascinating. I've only had two occasions to see a document that struck me deeply in terms of their historical significance- one of the copies of the Magna Carta on display here and a letter written by George Washington.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh that IS special Mo.. one hundred and forty pounds would have been a fortune in those days. How very exciting to see the verified signature of Shakespeare, how lucky you didn't miss it!

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