William Shrieve

Explore Stratford-upon-Avon with William Shrieve of Shrieve’s House – the home of Tudor World, and learn about many aspects of life during the Tudor period in this educational and interactive video.

What does Shrieve mean?

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Shrieve means the Shire Reeve... the sheriff of the town.

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Shrieve means the Shire Reeve... the sheriff of the town.

I lived at 40 Sheep Street in Stratford-upon-Avon and the house still stands today. It is named after me – The Shrieve’s House.

What was a Pommander?

A “pommander” was a scented ball or the container that was usually attached to belts, girdles, clothing and jewellery to help hide the smell of the streets.

The pillories were a wooden framework with holes for the head and hands, in which offenders were formerly imprisoned and exposed to public abuse.

Where do you think the pillories were?

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Well done!

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Ooops, not there!

What could you throw at criminals?

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There was a lot of manure lying around in the streets that would be used, however eggs would be used if they were lying around.

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There was a lot of manure lying around in the streets that would be used, however eggs would be used if they were lying around.

The cage was either hanging or on the ground. It was too small to be comfortable in. As a punishment, the convict would be put in the cage, where they would often die of dehydration, starvation or general exposure.

Where do you think the jails were?

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Well done!

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Ooops, not there!

There were no "supermarkets" in Tudor times and no fridges, so how did you get all the ingredients for cooking?

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You could go to individual shops or a market, but you had to go every day!

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You could go to individual shops or a market, but you had to go every day!

Where was meat often sold?

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Meat was often sold on Bridge Street.

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Meat was often sold on Bridge Street.

The plague came to Stratford in 1564... which famous Stratfordian was born that year?

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William Shakespeare was the famous Stratfordian who was born in 1564, the same year the Plague came to town.

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William Shakespeare was the famous Stratfordian who was born in 1564, the same year the Plague came to town.

What does "hic incepit pestis" mean?

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"Hic incepit pestis," means, "Here begins the plague."

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"Hic incepit pestis," means, "Here begins the plague."

What are plague pits?

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Plague pits were graves for multiple plague victims. People would dig pits and put multiple plague victims in, as graveyards were over-crowded.

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Plague pits were graves for multiple plague victims. People would dig pits and put multiple plague victims in, as graveyards were over-crowded.

What were the roads like then?

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In Tudor times roads were smelly, crowded, uneven and slippy. With the uneven surfaces, along with all the manure, the streets were not pleasant at all.

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In Tudor times roads were smelly, crowded, uneven and slippy. With the uneven surfaces, along with all the manure, the streets were not pleasant at all.

What was the main form of transport?

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Horses were the main form of transport if you were wealthy enough. Otherwise, you'd have to walk.

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Horses were the main form of transport if you were wealthy enough. Otherwise, you'd have to walk.

I was an archer in the army of Henry VIII and my name was mentioned on the muster roll in 1536. What was a muster roll?

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A muster roll was an inventory of men available for battle.

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A muster roll was an inventory of men available for battle.

Can you guess What a bowyer makes?

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A bowyer makes bows.

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A bowyer makes bows.

Why were the waterways so important?

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Waterways were so important because boats carried food and other essentials, that were vital to the economy and survival of town members.

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Waterways were so important because boats carried food and other essentials, that were vital to the economy and survival of town members.

The Avon means “river”, so River Avon actually means “River River.” Stratford means to cross the narrowest part of the river. A ford is a shallow place with good footing where a river or stream may be crossed by wading.

Who did Dr John Hall marry?

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Dr John Hall married Susannah Shakespeare... William Shakespeare's daughter.

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Dr John Hall married Susannah Shakespeare... William Shakespeare's daughter.

Why was glass so expensive?

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Glass was produced by hand. This level of craftsmanship meant it was expensive.

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Glass was produced by hand. This level of craftsmanship meant it was expensive.

Can you guess what Shakespeare left to his wife?

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In Shakespeare's will, it stated that he'd left his second best bed to his wife.

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In Shakespeare's will, it stated that he'd left his second best bed to his wife.

What part of the house was taxed in Tudor times?

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The width was taxed in the Tudor times. In 1698, tax for windows was introduced.

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The width was taxed in the Tudor times. In 1698, tax for windows was introduced.

What time did school start in the summer?

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Summer school started at 6am. It started at 7am in the winter. School finished at 5pm.

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Summer school started at 6am. It started at 7am in the winter. School finished at 5pm.

What lessons did they learn in school?

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In Tudor times the lessons were Latin, Rhetoric, Religion, Maths, Greek.

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In Tudor times the lessons were Latin, Rhetoric, Religion, Maths, Greek.

What was a whipping boy?

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A whipping boy was a lad employed to take beatings in school, on behalf of a rich student.

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A whipping boy was a lad employed to take beatings in school, on behalf of a rich student.

Why did the churches have paintings on the walls?

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Churches had paintings on the wall as most people couldn't read or write. The paintings illustrated Biblical stories, so they could follow along.

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Churches had paintings on the wall as most people couldn't read or write. The paintings illustrated Biblical stories, so they could follow along.

Why were the paintings removed/washed over?

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The paintings were removed/washed over because Protestants did not believe that there should be statues or any representation of holy figures.

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The paintings were removed/washed over because Protestants did not believe that there should be statues or any representation of holy figures.

Why were there so many taverns?

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There were so many taverns because the water was so dirty, it was safer to drink beer.

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There were so many taverns because the water was so dirty, it was safer to drink beer.

Why were the streets named after animals?

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Streets were named after the animals that used to wonder them.

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Streets were named after the animals that used to wonder them.

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