Where did Shakespeare retire?


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William Shakespeare retired to Stratford-on-Avon, where he lived out the last few years of his life. Having become a wealthy man, he bought a large house in Stratford-on-Avon in 1597 named New Place to which he retired around 1610 or 1611.

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Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-on-Avon. From there, he left his wife and children in the late 1580s to travel to London to pursue a career in the theater. He died on approximately April 23, 1616, his 52nd birthday, in Stratford-on-Avon, leaving a wife and two children. One of his sons, Hamnet, had already died. He left most of his estate to his oldest child, Susannah, and he also left a portion to some of his fellow theater company members. To Anne, his wife, he left his "second-best bed."

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