all the places in Shakespeare's plays

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all the places in Shakespeare's plays H21 10/12/05 1:38 PM
89 placemarks show almost all the places quoted in Shakespeare's plays.
For each place, the name of the play is noted with the number of the scene of the first appearence of the place.
Some places are in many plays, all are mentioned.

2 places are still missing, does anyone know where they are ?

The Earl of Gloucester's castle., King Lear : 1, 2
Yorkshire, Gaultree forest, Henry IV, part 2: 4, 1

Special thanks to pm77, kenromford, mikebolland , Keith_F, LuciaM and grimsacre.

(edited by Seer: this is such a wonderful post that I could not help but add a custom icon for the placemarks. )
Re: all the places in Shakespeare's plays Bigfridge 10/14/05 12:41 PM
Kudos on this one its an inspired piece of work!!

Shakespeare probably made some of the places up so you obviously wouldnt find them
If an ass goes travelling, he'll not come back a horse - Thomas Fuller (1606-1661) This is why GE was created... so we asses could travel from home!
Absolutely fantastic! seer 10/14/05 6:00 PM
This is a truly inspired effort. Thank you for your work researching these places. We are inspired by the insight that this context will bring to many through the years to come.

Be seeing you, Seer
update : all the places in Shakespeare's plays H21 10/15/05 12:16 AM
I have found 5 more places (see first post updated):
Gadshill, Henry IV, part 1 : 2, 2
the Abbey at Bury St. Edmund's, Henry VI, part 2: 3, 1
The Duke of Albany's palace., King Lear : 1, 3
Rochester, Henry IV, part 1 : 2, 1
Corioli, Coriolanus : 1, 2

8 places are still missing, does anyone know where they are ?
Bangor, Henry IV, part 1: 3, 1
Belmont, The Merchant of Venice : 1, 2
Langley, Richard II : 3, 4
Pomfret castle, Richard II : 5, 5 and Richard III: 3, 3
The Duke of Albany's palace., King Lear : 1, 3

The Earl of Gloucester's castle., King Lear : 1, 2
Yorkshire, Gaultree forest, Henry IV, part 2: 4, 1
Sandal Castle, Henry VI, part 3 : 1, 2
Re: all the places in Shakespeare's plays simongb 10/15/05 4:08 AM
Incredible, very good work.
Re: all the places in Shakespeare's plays Bigfridge 10/15/05 12:46 PM
there is a bangor in northern ireland if thats the one u mean. Ive left a placemark
Re: all the places in Shakespeare's plays H21 10/15/05 11:00 PM
Thank you for your post, but Bangor is most probably in North Wales :
Location: Bangor, Gwynedd United Kingdom
Lat: 53:13:34N (53.226) Lon: 4:07:59W (-4.1331)

I will update the placemarks soon.
Re: all the places in Shakespeare's plays Lady_Luck 10/18/05 2:46 PM
Wow. I downloaded this four days ago; it's taken me that long to fully explore all these places! Amazing work, H21.
~*~ Lady Luck "It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education. "- Albert Einstein
Update 2 H21 10/25/05 2:53 AM
I have found 2 more places :
Bangor and Pomfret Castle.
The new placemarks are here.
Re: all the places in Shakespeare's plays jsbjsbjsb 10/27/05 12:12 PM
I am very eager to read this post, which sounds fascinating, but cannot open the download. Any help from anyone? Thank you v. much.
Re: all the places in Shakespeare's plays H21 10/28/05 3:52 AM
Have you tried to download from Update 2? It seems to work.
Re: all the places in Shakespeare's plays qwerty5oo 11/6/05 1:34 PM
Surely Macbeths castle was Cawdor castle, which is`nt in Inverness, close, but no cigar.
Belmont pm77 11/6/05 2:56 PM

Belmont is a fantasy place. In Italian Belmont(e) means "nice mountain", and a place so named doesn't exist, at least in Veneto region.
Where could it be, if real? The hills nearest to Venice are Colli Euganei, see placemark and images here:

Colli Euganei

Re: all the places in Shakespeare's plays Frank4 11/7/05 5:02 AM
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Re: Belmont H21 11/7/05 10:43 AM
I think you are right, Belmont must be a fantasy place like the "Forest of Arden" in "As you like it".
Where is Macbeth's castle ? H21 11/7/05 11:20 AM
A lot of castles are known to Macbeth's castle, like Cawdor or Glamis !
for discussion on this topic, see :
In fact, nobody knows exactly where it is. I have chosen the location of the text of the play (Act 1, Scene 5) : Inverness. Macbeth's castle.
Re: Forest of Arden kenromford 11/10/05 11:20 AM
The Forest of Arden is not a fantasy place; it is an area near Coventry. This placemark is of the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel and Country Club in Meriden, Warwickshire. See this website. Nearby are the villages of Hampton-in-Arden (2.3 miles SW) and Henley-in-Arden (12 miles SSW). Both have railway stations which are placemarked already so I haven't marked these again. The history of the Forest of Arden in Shakespeare's time is discussed at Chapter 2 here. The information here is nonsense. Would Shakespeare be writing about a forest he knew well just down the road from Stratford-upon-Avon, called Arden, or one in continental Europe which he'd probably never heard of - and it's called Ardennes anyway.
Ken, ex-Glasgow, now Romford/Hornchurch border
Re: Baynard's Castle kenromford 11/10/05 11:59 AM
Sorry to be picky on such a good post, but your PM for Baynard's Castle should be about 0.25 miles ESE of where it is now, i.e. just east of Blackfriars station, in between there and the slip road from Upper Thames Street to Queen Victoria Street. Turn on roads and you will see Castle Baynard Street is still there. This is confirmed here .
Re: Forest of Arden and update H21 11/13/05 9:00 AM
Ok for your location of "Forest of Arden". I add it and update the folder.
Re: update : all the places in Shakespeare's plays grimsacre 11/15/05 7:18 AM
Langley, Richard II : 3, 4

This is likely to be at Kings Langley in Hertfordshire. Edmund de Langley, the Duke of York, was born in and owned a palace here that has since burned down.

I'm not sure how to mark the place but I can pinpoint it for you. A school is on the site of the palace and the postcode is WD4 9HG.

Richard II was buried here (before being moved to Westminster)

I assume that this is also the site of:
The Duke of York 's Palace, Richard II : 5, 2 and may be "a royal palace" mentioned in other scenes.
"It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end"
Kings Langley and update 87 H21 11/15/05 10:41 AM
Ok for Kings Langley. I add it and update the folder.
Thank you for your post.
Only 4 places are missing !
Sandal Castle grimsacre 11/15/05 1:48 PM
Sandal Castle, Henry VI, part 3 : 1, 2

The castle's remains (although not much is remaining) are still there at Sandal, Wakefield:

Latitude: 53:39:31N Longitude: 1:29:25W

The field of battle in scenes 3 and 4 refers to the Battle of Wakefield, which took place on Wakefield Green to the west of Sandal Castle.
Re: Sandal Castle and update88 H21 11/15/05 10:49 PM
Thank you once more for this post.
Only 3 places are still missing now !
The battle of Mortimers Cross H21 11/23/05 2:03 AM
Martin wrote :

First congratulations on your work

My humble effort is to help the accuracy a little

As I live very near to this site I can inform you of the exact site of
"The battle of Mortimers Cross" which was the last battle of the English Civil War is a few kilometers South of your placemark

Historians or visitors will find a site at this location
52deg 16'05.44N
2deg 50'35.74W
which is formally recognised by historians and maintained by "English Heritage"

If you turn on "roads" you will see a crossroads near this point which is know locally as "Mortimers Cross"

Perhaps you would like to edit your contribution rather than leaving me to place another conflicting site nearby

Other information
The castle which was the seat of the powerful Mortimer family was Wigmore Castle, parts of its ruins are preserved to this day at
52deg 19'02.93N
2deg 52' 16.37W
You may also like to know that Shakespear's Work is celebrated locally each year with an open air performance in nearby Ludlow Castle
(A perfect setting for the scottish play etc)
Next year 2006 it is Midsummer Nights Dream
Once again - Well Done!

the folder is updated with new location of Mortimer croos
Re: all the places in Shakespeare's plays barrett50 12/4/05 9:40 AM
This is amazing!
Re: Update 2 mikebolland 12/8/05 1:57 PM
Hi all,

I live in Pontefract so here are the co-ordinates for the Castle Ruins which were made worse during the Victorian times when the Castle was converted into a Public Park.



Re: Update 2 H21 12/8/05 10:14 PM
Thank you for your post,
Pomfret castle is now well seen with new high res area.
Update2 is updated !
Re: all the places in Shakespeare's plays shang1xiao 12/21/05 3:22 AM
Excellent! but I don't kown most of them.
Re: all the places in Shakespeare's plays Keith_F 12/30/05 5:21 AM
Duke of Albany's Palace is probably Falkland Castle. See

It is very near to Macduff's Castle too, which is probably not a coincidence.
Re: all the places in Shakespeare's plays H21 1/3/06 8:54 AM
Ok for Falkland Castle, it has been added in update2 folder.
Thanks for your post !
Re: Kenilworth Castle Location bkeo 1/11/06 5:12 PM

A quick tweak to the location of Kenilworth Castle (Henry VI, Part 2: 4, 9). It is not where placed. Its correct location is Lat. 52°20'52.12"N, Long. 1°35'33.87"W.



Thanks for the tweak... your update will appear in the latest update of this collection!
Re: all the places in Shakespeare's plays Gefrin 1/13/06 5:54 AM
Henry IV Part1: Act 1: Scene 1

Mention is made of the battle of Homildon Hill. The battle took place on the slopes of what is now known as Humbleton Hill in north Northumberland.

More details at

Thanks for the addition... your update will appear in the latest update of this collection!

Re: all the places in Shakespeare's plays Keith_F 1/31/06 2:09 PM
Gloucester's castle in King Lear is difficult. Shakespeare's allegory used made up characters, but some were 'recycled' from other plays. It is likely that the character of Gloucester bears some resemblance to Humprey of Gloucester, Henry Vs youngest brother. Unfortunately for this subject he had at least four castles, but it is tempting to think that the castle referred to was in fact Baynard's Castle.

Some relevant info gleaned from various sources are as follows:

King Henry V (in whose time Greenwich was still a small fishing town) granted the Manor, for life, to his kinsman, Thomas Beaufort, Duke of Exeter. Soon after his decease in 1417, it passed to Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, who, in 1433, obtained a grant of 200 acres of land in Greenwich for the purpose of enclosing it as a Park. In 1437, he obtained a similar grant and in it license was given to the Duke and Eleanor, his wife, "their Manor of Greenwich to embattle and build with stone, and to enclose and make a tower and ditch within the same, and a certain tower within his park to build and edify." Accordingly, soon after this, he commenced building the tower within the park, now the site of the Royal Observatory, which was then called Greenwich Castle. Likewise, he newly erected the palace on the spot where the west wing of the Royal Hospital now stands. Which palace he named Bella Court.
Duke Humphrey was Regent of England during the minority of King Henry VI and, for his many virtues, was styled the "Father of his Country." He lent Greenwich to the King for his honeymoon, despite his strong opposition to the marriage. This excited the envy of Queen Margaret and induced her to enter into a confederacy with the Cardinal of Winchester and the Earl of Suffolk. Strengthened by her assistance and incited by their common hatred of the patriotic Duke, they basely assassinated him at Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk on February 28th, 1447. He was a generous patron of men, of science and the most learned person of his age. He founded, at Oxford, one of the first public libraries in England. Leland, in his Laboryeuse Journey, says, "Humphrey, the good Duke of Gloucester, from the favour he bears to good letters, purchased a wonderful number of books in all sciences. Whereof he freely gave to a library in Oxford, a hundred and twenty-nine fair volumes." This became the basis of the Bodleian Library of today. He was buried in the Abbey Church of St. Albans where a handsome monument was erected to his memory.
Baynard's Castle stood first on the river-bank close to the Fleet Tower and the western extremity of the city wall. The great house which afterwards bore this name was on the bank, but a little more to the east. The name survived in Baynard's Castle Ward and Wharf. There was no house in the City more interesting than this. Its history extends from the Norman Conquest to the Great Fire - exactly six hundred years; and during the whole of this long period it was a great palace. It was first built, as a castle, by one Baynard, a follower of William the Conqueror. It was forfeited in A.D. 1111, and given to Robert FitzWalter, son of Richard, Earl of Clare, in whose family the office of Castellan and Standard-Bearer to the City of London became hereditary. His descendant, Robert, in revenge for private injuries, took part with the Barons against King John, for which the King ordered Baynard's Castle to be destroyed. FitzWalter, however, becoming reconciled to the King, was permitted to rebuild his house. In 1275, another Robert FitzWalter gave the site to the Archbishop of Canterbury for the foundation of the London House of Dominican or Black Friars. At the rebuilding of FitzWalter's 'castle' it was somewhat shifted in position and it was probably at this time that it lost its fortified appearance. It was again destroyed, this time by fire, in 1428. It was rebuilt by Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, on whose attainder it reverted to the crown. Richard, Duke of York, had it next and lived here with his following of four hundred gentlemen and men-at-arms. It was in the hall of Baynard's Castle that Edward IV assumed the title of King, and summoned the bishops, peers and judges to meet him in council. Edward gave the house to his mother, and placed in it, for safety, his wife and children before going out to fight the battle of Barnet. Here Buckingham offered the crown to Richard III.

HUMPHREY PLANTAGENET, fourth son of King HENRY IV., by his first wife, the Lady Mary de Bohun, daughter and co-heiress of Humphrey, Earl of Hereford, Essex, and Northampton, Constable of England, was made a Knight of the Bath, at his father’s coronation, along with his brothers, Thomas, afterwards Duke of Clarence, and John, Duke of Bedford.
In the 1st of HENRY V., he obtained with other grants, the Castle and Lordship of Pembroke; shortly after which, being made Duke of Gloucester, in the Parliament held at Leicester, he had summons by that title, as well as by the title of Earl of Pembroke, 26th Sept. 1414.
In lieu of payment for wages of his soldiers at Agincourt, Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, was granted the castle of Lanstephan, forfeited by the Welsh rebel, Henry Gwyn, who fought with the French at Agincourt.

So maybe we shall never know!!

Wrt Gaultree Forest it must have been in West Yorkshire somewhere, but there is absolutely no hint of this name in modern mapping from around the site of the battle. In fact there is very little woodland left, let alone forest left in this area. The Gaultree was almost certainly an oak, but much of the area was covered in oak forest at that time. So again it will remain difficult to pin down. Its probably a 'generic'.
Re: all the places in Shakespeare's plays sgmanohar 5/28/06 6:45 PM
Is anyone able to make these references to the plays as clickable links to an online text? This could be relatively easy with XSLT or a short script / program to process the kml file. It could read the placename e.g "Blackheath, Henry V, part 2:4,2", then extract the name of the play, look up the appropriate play's text, search for the line containing the word "Blackheath", and add a link into the KML file to jump to the reference location at one of the free text sites....
Re: all the places in Shakespeare's plays ronnnnn 6/30/06 3:48 AM
The Forest of Galtres is (was) to the north of Bootham Bar on the road which is now the A19.

Bootham Bar is the northern gate of the walled City Of York.

for a golf course in that area.


Re: all the places in Shakespeare's plays hotwellian 11/11/06 4:48 PM
Hi H21,

I think you have the placemark for Gloucester Castle a little bit out. The castle used to occupy the site now used for Gloucester Prison - a natural progresssion.

Thanks for the tweak... your update will appear in the latest update of this collection!
Jezza, Boatman, Author and Administrator, Hotwells
Re: Update 2 hotwellian 11/11/06 5:12 PM
Hi again H21,
Just a small correction to the Bristol Placemark. Bristol castle was about 485 metres nortn east of your mark at 51°27'20.10"N, 2°35'21.02"W

Bushy, Green, and the Earl of Wiltshire lost their heads at Bristol High Cross which used to stand at the junction of Wine (Winch) Street, Corn Street, Broad Street & High Street [the heart of the old Saxon town] 51°27'17.77"N, 2°35'34.59"W

The high cross was sold by Bristol Corporation to the owner of Stourhead Mansion in the 1765!!
Re: all the places in Shakespeare's plays hotwellian 4/14/07 10:03 AM
Hi again,

The Battle of Tewkesbury site should be as per the attached placemark, source Online Archaeology.
Re: Bosworth hotwellian 4/14/07 10:45 AM
Hi again,

It seems that your placemark for Bosworth is some way off the mark.

This document from the Battlefields Trust discusses locations in the general area of my attached place mark
Re: all the places in Shakespeare's plays RichardBagnall 4/18/07 6:23 AM
The forest of Galtres was around the York area.
Re: all the places in Shakespeare's plays xiangsky 4/24/07 12:00 AM
are this place really exist?
I wish I can fly in the real world one day! To be youth forever!
Re: all the places in Shakespeare's plays kellettcorp 11/21/07 3:51 AM
I am no Shakespeare expert (only an admirer) so I don't know how you arrived at the location for Antioch in your placemarks; maybe there is a particular reason for you placing it just so. If that is the case, please accept my apologies for this post.

That said, the generally accepted location of the ancient city is modern day Antakya ( 36°12'13.87"N 36° 9'46.60"E).

I hope this is useful and many thanks for all the work you have undertaken.
Re: Ephesus kellettcorp 11/21/07 4:16 AM
I know this is being far too pedantic now, but if you moved your placemark 1 km or so NW ish of where it is (to 37°56'20.65"N 27°20'27.63"E) you would be standing right in front of the famous 'Library' that is typically shown when one sees a picture of Ephesus - Only the facade of the building still remains standing; a few yards to the west of this location - you can see its shadow quite clearly.

Sorry, hope this is intersting rather than irritating?!
Re: all the places in Shakespeare's plays ThomasLuxon 4/18/08 8:40 AM
I'm thrilled with this new site and will incorporate it into my summer term Shakespeare course at Dartmouth. However, why is Syracuse not marked as the home of Egeon and the Antipholi from Comedy of Errors?

Tom Luxon
Re: all the places in Shakespeare's plays londonzooguy 5/13/08 11:18 AM
According to Stow's A SURVEY OF LONDON (1603), the Earl of Gloucester's castle is Baynards castle, nothing above ground level remains but there are some foundations preserved beneath modern buildings on Lower Thames St. London.
Re: all the places in Shakespeare's plays KingHarry 6/1/08 9:31 AM
According to David and Ben Crystal in Shakespeare's Words (Penguin, 2002), Gaultree is now Sutton-on-the-Forest, North Yorkshire.

I can't find the reference to Langley in Richard II at 3:4 -- are you sure?

And there are other places you don't mention -- for example, the Bishop of Ely's strawberry garden, mentioned in Richard III 3:4, is at Ely Place, Holborn in central London.

Locations of Shakespeare's plays (update 3) Kempster 6/11/08 12:33 PM
It appears user H21 has been offline for quite sometime, so I took the responsibility of updating his fantastic collection with the corrections that have been discussed in this thread. Further, I have begun to reorganize his collection and make it more user-friendly.

I want to make it clear that I am not claiming this collection as my work, but rather updating H21's work. All of H21's original posts (and placemarks) have not been edited in any way. In the future, I hope H21 will return to this Community and add even further to his wonderful collections.

If users have new additions or corrections, I encourage them to reply in this thread. Now, these corrections will be made quickly. I am a fan of Shakespeare, but no expert, so I can't make decisions that require a lot of academic knowledge about Shakespeare. Enjoy, and feedback is welcomed!

Re: Locations of Shakespeare's plays (update 3) willCW 2/20/10 10:01 AM
Archaeologists pinpoint long-disputed site of Battle of Bosworth

The confirmed site for Bosworth Field is
52.576563, -1.441226

Re: Locations of Shakespeare's plays (update 3) Kempster 5/5/10 8:22 PM
Thanks for the tweak, willCW, your update now appears in the latest update of this collection in this post!
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