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  In "Shakespeare's Homeland" (published by Dent 1903 and reprinted by AMS Pressm New York, 1972) Oldeiche, Olditch or Woldiche is described as a "remote farmhouse in the parish of Temple Balsall, the house must have been repaired mant times since the 14th century, but it still retains many of its ancient features - especially in the pre-reformation plan",

The house has a late 16th century projecting chimney-stack of brick with stone groins and 2 diagonal shafts. It contains a room with an early 16th century open-timbered ceiling with moulded beams and joints.


In 1596 John Shakespeare who was a shoemaker or cordonnier by trade, sold his house at Oldiche and Dopkins Orchard (could the latter be the present-day "Dadkins"?) and other lands at Balsall, much of which had been in the family since the reign of Richard II.

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July 2005