Shakespeare seals compromise over ditches

28 October 1614

Landowners have reached an agreement over the enclosure
of William Shakespeare's lands at Welcombe.

The playwright owns 107 acres of the affected land, which
also generates an income through tithes charged on the
harvest of corn, grain and hay.

On behalf of the enclosers, William Replingham has promised
compensation in the event of any loss of income from the
tithes on this land.

However, Shakespeare can still rely on an income from his
plays - he is currently working on a biopic of Henry VIII.

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