Since then the building has seen a variety of occupations carried out within its walls. William Cawdwell (who shared the trade of Shoemaker with Christopher Marlowe's father) and Joshua Smith, opened the first book shop in the high Street.
The eighteenth century saw the first use of the premises as an inn, then in later years Marlowe's began its long association with the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, once being the home of the late Denne Gilkes, famous opera singer and actress, who ran an actors' school from some of the rooms.
To learn more about the history of Stratford upon Avon, the STRATFORD TOWN WALK provides an excellent opportunity to see the local attractions and learn about the spooky goings-on our beautiful restaurant has witnessed;......if only walls were to have eyes and ears!!!!!!!!!!!!