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An anonymous letter-writer in the British Magazine, 1762, tells the story that the landlord of the White Lion in Stratford-upon-Avon took him to Bidford-on-Avon, some miles away, and showed him ‘in the hedge a crabtree called “Shakespeare's Canopy”, because under it our poet slept one night; for he, as well as Ben Jonson, loved a glass for the pleasure of society; and he, having heard much of the men of that village as deep drinkers and merry fellows one day went over to Bidford to take a cup with them. He enquired of a shepherd for the Bidford drinkers, who replied they were absent, but the Bidford sippers were at home: “and, I suppose”, continued the sheepkeeper, “they will be sufficient for you”; and so indeed they were. He was forced to take up his lodging under that tree for some hours.’ See also VILLAGES, THE SHAKESPEARE.

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