Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!

William Shakespeare
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Historians believe Shakespeare was born on 23rd April in 1564.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

explains why April 23rd is deemed to be Shakespeare’s birthday.

The town of Stratford upon Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace, has celebrated his birthday for over two hundred years on the nearest Saturday to 23rd April.

Did Shakespeare have a birthday cake?

Maybe he had a slice of

Elizabethan Honey Cake

or an old Elizabethan Sugar Cake.

There’s no way that today’s 453 candles will fit on a cake, is there? Shakespeare was actually fifty two years old when he died on April 23rd 1616. And he’s buried inside Holy Trinity Church in Stratford.

April 23rd is also St George’s Day.

And if you want to join some celebrations the English Heritage  website is packed with ideas.

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