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Round and About West FeltonTHE diarist of A Shropshire Squire, John Clavering Wood (1778-1835) was a regular visitor to “The Nursery”, the West Felton estate of his friend John F. M. Dovaston, and one of their common interests was trees!

One tree – in particular, a cutting from ‘Shakespeare’s crab apple tree’ at Bidford (west of Stratford) under which the Bard is said to have spent a night – is the subject of our article in the current parish magazine Round and About West Felton, edited by Patricia Mabe.

The striking photo on the issue’s front cover is Dovaston’s home ‘The Nursery’ (courtesy of Phil Dovaston, NZ), though it had been significantly added to by subsequent Dovaston owners.

Sadly, the home and its well-stocked garden are no more, but at least a little part of it grew at Shakespeare’s birthplace for almost 100 years. Read the article.

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