HarvardHouse Stratford-upon-Avon
High Street
Warwickshire  CV37 6AU
 
 
This 16th Century Town House is well worth a visit. It has an ornate, carved, timber framed frontage which certainly catches the attention of the passer-by. Harvard House is currently managed by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
 
The exterior has changed little since the late 16th century when it was rebuilt by its wealthy butcher owner, Thomas Rogers, following the Stratford great fire of 1594.  The interior of the house has flagstone floors and 16th century furnishings.
 
Benefactor of Harvard University
The association with the name Harvard occurred in 1605 when Thomas’s daughter Katherine married Robert Harvard, a butcher from Southwark, London.  The couple returned to Southwark to live and when their son John was born, he was baptized in Southwark Cathedral. John Harvard emigrated to America and was the benefactor of Harvard University.
 
Marie Corelli & Edward Morris helped save Harvard House
The popular Victorian novelist, Marie Corelli, moved to Stratford-upon-Avon in the later part of her life and there she took up the cause of preservation of Stratford’s 17th century buildings. Marie is responsible for the preservation of Harvard House.
 
In 1905, she successfully secured the support of American millionaire and former Harvard University student, Edward Morris, who provided funds for the purchase and conservation of the property.  Initially the house was administered by Harvard University but they subsequently handed over the management of the building to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
 
Admission
Harvard House is not always open for viewing. It is administered by:

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
The Shakespeare Centre,
Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon,
Warwickshire CV37 6QW

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Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0)1789 204016
 
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