This Tudor House is right in the heart of the town, the Shrieve’s House and the awarding winning and haunted Shrieve’s House barn (The Falstaff’s Experience) date back to the 16th century, although a dwelling has stood on this spot since 1196. With layers of history stacked up to the rafters..A rickety old house..haunted house..
The first known tenant of the building was William Shrieve, who was an archer to King Henry VIII. His name still survives today and in a house such high rank, it could be reasonably assumed he was an important figure in his day and may possibly have been a Sheriff of some sort, as his name suggests.
In the 16th century it was a tavern and the tavern keeper, William Rogers, is said to have been the inspiration for Shakespeare’s famous comic character Falstaff. There is documented evidence that his family had strong connections with Shakespeare, as Shakespeare’s daughter Suzannah was close friends with Elizabeth, the daughter of the Rogers.
In the 17th century, wounded soldiers were brought back to the building after the first battle of the English Civil War at Edgehill. With death in abundance. Do their spirits still reside here. Following the war, John Woolmer, tenant of the building was made the very first Mayor of Stratford.
Having survived two great fires, the plague and Civil War, the house has a lot of secrets and mystery's to share including hidden priestholes, secret chambers and not forgetting the hauntings..
There are a number of ‘dominant’ spirits here.An archer from the time of Henry VIII; a serial murderer from the 18th century; a little girl who was a pickpocket in the tavern and a Catholic gentleman. There are also sightings of the parliamentary soldiers, children and animals. More terrifying though is a dark hooded figure with red eyes that is said to be seen here..