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By me William Shakespeare
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Discover the stories behind key moments in Shakespeare's life, from the birth of the Globe theatre in London to his last days in Stratford-upon-Avon 400 years ago.

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For details about the 1602 note of fine, see the general essay for Shakespeare's purchase of New Place.
Following the expiration of the lease on the site of the Theatre in Shoreditch in 1597, Richard and Cuthbert Burbage, James Burbage’s sons, found themselves embroiled in a series of lawsuits with Giles Allen, who owned the land that their father had leased for his playhouse.
This is the foot of fine, one of the three copies of the final concord ratifying Shakespeare’s purchase of New Place in 1602. It has been filed with other Warwickshire “feet” among the records of the Court of Common Pleas since 1602.
May 17, 1603
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May 18, 1603
Although James VI of Scotland was proclaimed king of England on March 24, 1603, it took him over a month to arrive in London.