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The Shakespeare Family History Site



'In Search of Shakespeare'

by Michael Wood

This book, the basis of a four part television series by the BBC in June 2003, has not yet been seen by the site author, but notes from various sites on the internet seem to indicate some interesting assertions.

First and foremost of these is:

"The Shakespeares' ancestors came from around the village of Balsall with its old chapel and hall of the Knights Templars. Down Green Lane, shrouded by thickets of ash and silver birch, across a ford that runs deep in Winter there is still a red-brick farm house where Adam of Oldeditch lived in the 14th Century. His son gave himself the surname Shakespeare. There were still Shakespeares at Oldeditch 100 years later, and almost certainly the clan descended from them".

'The Shakespeare family began at Balsall, and from there spread to the adjacent villages of Wroxall, Knowle, Packwood and Rowington, and in the next generation to Snitterfield.

Packwood, Baddesley Clinton and Lapworth, near to these villages, were homes of important Catholic families close to the Shakespeares and the Ardens.'


Some of this seems to tie in with what is so far listed on this site regarding the early Shakespeares.

However, the program has revealed that Michael Wood seems content to repeat what has been written before, and is prepared to present unsubstantiated myths as facts.