Postcards of the Past


Wilmcote, Warwickshire, England


Wilmcote (pronounced locally "Wimcut") is a village in Warwickshire, about 4 miles north-west of Stratford-upon-Avon, with a population of about 1700. It is the location for one of the "Shakespeare" properties, Mary Arden's House, the home of Shakespeare's mother. In recent years it has been discovered that the building formerly bearing this name belonged at the time to an Adam Palmer and it has been renamed Palmer's Farm, so that the postcards on this page, all more than 50 years old, are misleading in that they show this building as Mary Arden's. The real Mary Arden's is now considered to be what was Holmes' Farm when I lived in Wilmcote, although many of the old locals used to say that Mary Arden's was on the other side of the road and had long been knocked down ! So who knows ?