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Hearing to take place over greenbelt homes in Stratford

Anne Hathaway's cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon Credit: PA

A hearing will take place today over controversial plans to build hundreds of homes on greenbelt land near Anne Hathaway's cottage.

The district council filed a legal challenge against the Communities Secretary's approval for the planned homes near the Shakespearian house in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Shakespeare's Treasures exhibited to public for first time

Portrait of Shakespeare, believed to be have painted from life Credit: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

A new exhibition has opened at Shakespeare's Birthplace.

It features unique and priceless treasures that are now on public display for the first time.

The exhibition, which is called: 'Shakespeare's Treasures', includes the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust copy of the Cobbe portrait. That is the only portrait of Shakespeare that is believed to be have been painted from life.

Map of Shakespeare's county in Warwickshire in 1576 Credit: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Other rare items on display for the first time include a map of 'Shakespeare's county' in Warwickshire and the only surviving letter written to the man himself.


Rare Shakespeare portrait to go on display today

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The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust will today open a new exhibition featuring unique and priceless treasures from its collection – many of them on public display for the first time.

The only portrait of Shakespeare thought to have been painted from life will be the main feature. It was bought by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in 2010.

Other rare items on display for the first time include the only surviving letter written to Shakespeare and a map of 'Shakespeare's county' of Warwickshire in 1576.

Proposals submitted to The Queen for 'Shakespeare Day', full report

Campaigners in Stratford-upon-Avon have submitted proposals to The Queen to create a 'Shakespeare Day'.

The annual celebration would be similar to Burns Night in Scotland.

23rd April is St George's Day, but campaigners also want this day to be Shakespeare's Day, as this was the birthday of William Shakespeare.

Andy Bevan has the story.

National Shakespeare Day gains royal momentum

William Shakespeare Credit: PA

Shakespeare enthusiasts have written to the Queen in hope of support for a national day of celebration in the playwright's name.

A team at the Tudor Museum in Stratford-upon-Avon is calling for a Shakespeare Supper Night to rival Scotland's Burns Night. It would be held on April 23rd – the date of his birth and death.

The team received a response from the Queen, telling them that she would forward the proposal to Maria Miller – the Culture Secretary.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust opposed to new homes near heritage site

Bloor Homes want to buy land near to Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Shottery to build new homes.

The Communities Secretary Eric Pickle gave the deal the go-ahead but the County Council has said that it is against it.

The trust knows it can't rule out being forced to sell the land at some point.

Peter Kyle is the Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.


Opposition to building near Shakespeare heritage site

Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Shottery Credit: PA Pictures

The Shakepeare Birthplace Trust has confirmed its opposition to selling land near to Anne Hathaway's cottage.

Developers, Bloor Homes, want the land for housing.

Earlier this year Communities Secretary Eric Pickles gave permission for the deal to go through.

Residents and the council are also against the proposals but the Trust says it can't rule out being forced to sell.

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