Shakespeare Wood medal and box
In 1756 the desire of visitors anxious to see Shakespeare's mulberry tree in New Place Garden drove the owner,the Rev. Francis Gastrell, to cut it down, leaving sightseers to content themselves with the souvenirs madeout of the wood by Thomas Sharp, the local watchmaker who purchased it. When Gastrell, in a fit ofpique, caused New Place to be demolished altogether in 1759 he was forced to leave Stratford 'amidst the rage and curses of its inhabitants'.
From: 'The borough of Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakespearean festivals and theatres', A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 3: Barlichway hundred (1945), pp. 244-247.
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