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The Herb Garden

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Introduction
Issued in 2007 at Talents of Windsor the same day as the Windsor King’s Head model where Shakespeare wrote Merry Wives. Both buildings are in Church Street. Daughter Susanna was married to famed Dr John Hall and herbs were widely grown. Shakespeare spoke well of herbs and physicians in his plays and the doctor Lord Cerimon in “Pericles” of 1607 is said to be based on his son-in-law, just eleven years Will’s junior.

 Susanna moved into husband John’s Hall’s Croft in 1608. Their authentically restored house and gardens above are now open to the public. From 1616 after her father died they lived in New Place.

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The Herb Garden
Limited Painting of 10
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When Hazle began painting these the walls were almost cream. As a constant striver for improvement, when she reached this one, No 8, they were the light blue seen here

 Dispensary at Hall’s Croft. John began c1600 as the doctor for 2000 people in Stratford and rode on horseback to patients up to 40 miles away! He cured his wife and others of fatal scurvy with herbs rich in vitamin C, 200 years before its time.

 The large, original kitchen at Hall’s Croft with potted and hanging herbs.

Borage is one of the copious herbs John Hall wrote about in his case studies. This is a diuretic that also induces sweating.

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 The recreated bedroom in Hall’s Croft with typical darker oak furniture from this 1600s Jacobean era. That includes a traditional four poster bed helping to keep folk warm, cosy and private! The armchair and stool have tapestry seats.

 In 1613 the real life Susanna was accused of adultery by Jack Lane and the Halls brought a suit for slander at Worcester Consistory Court. Lane was found guilty and excommunicated. With only child Elizabeth, Susanna is played above by Emma Lowndes in The Herbal Bed play. (Emma was also Margie Drew in Downton Abbey, raising Marigold as her own until Lady Edith re-claimed the child.)

 Planted as a traditional knot garden, part of a medicinal herb bed at Hall’s Croft. Dr Hall’s “Select Observations” were a revered text over the centuries.

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