Generally speaking, a lot of people probably don't know much about Hall's Croft. Neither did we, and we were Shakespearean academics... This, is actually the house of Shakespeare's daughter, Susanna, and her husband John Hall. It contains a small collection of 16th and 17th century paintings and furniture. Because John was a doctor, the house also exhibits a wide range of medical equipments used in those days.
別說一般人了，就連專攻莎士比亞領域的我們，其實對這間屋子也很陌生。事實上，他原是屬於莎士比亞女兒Susanna和女婿John Hall所有。這間屋子的展示品，包含了十六以及十七世紀的藝術品以及傢具。不過比較特別一點的，應該算是當時身為醫生的John Hall所會用上的一些醫療工具。
I wouldn't necessarily call this visit 'worth the while'. It was, afterall, very small, and there was a limited amount of things that could be displayed. To compound, the exhibit had very little to do with Shakespeare himself. But since we had purchased ourselves five-house tickets, it seemed reasonable to include this in our itinerary. I think, and my friend would probably agree, too, the most interesting aspect of the whole house was the beds. I recall noticing from previous blog-browsing experience how small European beds used to be back in those days.
The four-post bed you can see in the picture, depicts a family's social and wealth status. However, I'm not sure how well you can make it out, but do try and notice how tiny the bed actually is. It must be true, then, that beds were not very 'grand' during those times.
Seeing an other bed in another room almost proved what I had previously assumed. I think the bed would suit me quite well, but for anyone who is taller or 'bigger' than I am, they would definitely have trouble sleeping every night.
Despite the small house, there encompassing the house, is a cute little garden. One might think the rain must had been a major spoiler of the trip, but somehow, it made Stratford-upon-Avon even more attractive in its own unique way.
A scene in the garden
Massive tree beside the house
Eraser with Macbeth quote for sale in the gift shop
It also has its own tea shop.
And finally, there is this picture of myself beside Hall's Croft, which I'd decided to put here as a token of appreciation for your readership. (Haha... )