In 1607, Susanna, eldest child of William Shakespeare and Anna Hathaway married Dr. John Hall. She was 24 years old at the time, and he was 32. For her dowry, Shakespeare gave Susanna 105 acres of land in Old Stratford. Dr. Hall had arrived in Stratford Upon Avon around 1600 and set up what turned out to be a lucrative medical practice. Following their marriage, the Halls moved into a house built (most likely specifically for them) in 1613. This was to become known as Hall's Croft and included a spectacular walled garden reflective of their wealth and status. The house is close to Trinity Church, where the Hall's were married. Upon William's death, Susanna inherited all of his property and Dr. and Mrs Hall became executors of his will. The Halls eventually moved into Shakespeare's "New Place".
Susanna, eldest child of William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway.
Portrait of Susanna as a child, with her twin siblings, Hamnet (who died at age 11) and Judith.
Hall's Croft, family home of Susanna Shakespeare and Dr. John Hall, is just a short distance from Trinity Church.
Looking at the back of the house across the spectacular gardens
Dr. hall's consulting room. He was proficient in the use of herbal medicines to treat his patients.
The kitchen had a large fireplace in which to prepare their meals and included a hand-turned spit for roasting meats.
Guests would be entertained here in the parlor, as it contained their best furniture to show off their wealth...
....including this exquisitely carved high chair.
Their master bedroom was also elaborately decorated.
Elizabeth was the Hall's only child. This was her bedroom.
Carl and Lorraine Aveni are two retirees planning on traveling through Europe for at least one year.