OPEN FIELDS SHAKE-UP. This document binds both parties to an agreement over a sale of land.

1 May 1602

107 acres - that's Bill Shakespeare's new back garden.

He has done a deal for the Combes family's open fields in Old Stratford, Welcombe and Bishopton.

The Combes have signed their side of the agreement. But they are still waiting for Shakespeare to sign his copy of the deeds of purchase.

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