Playwright signs deal for second largest house in town

Local bard's new place

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30 May 1597

William Shakespeare this month moved in at New Place - Stratford's second largest house.

Built by Hugh Clopton, the property has stood at the corner of Chapel Street and Chapel Lane for around 100 years.

We bring you proof of the deal: the 'exemplification of a fine.' This document registers Shakespeare as the proud owner, lest anyone should later dispute the matter.

But the playwright has proven such a success on the London stage - with the bloody blockbuster Titus Andronicus and others - that he may be reluctant to spend much time in Stratford town.

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