English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.

Shakespeare Farm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Grendon Underwood


The name is not old having replaced the name of the earlier Ship Inn, but it records the tradition first mentioned by Aubrey in the 17th cent. that Shakespeare visited Grendon and that the humour of the constable in Midsummer 's Night 's Dream (sic) was drawn from the village constable.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Major Settlement