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In 1614 proceedings were instigated to enclose land at Welcombe, within the parish of Stratford-upon-Avon, in which Shakespeare had an interest in the tithes. He and his cousin, Thomas Greene, were to be compensated for any loss. The Stratford-upon-Avon Corporation opposed the scheme. The conflict dragged on for several years. A number of Greene's notes about it have survived. Shakespeare's attitude is uncertain. He may have favoured the scheme, as is suggested in Edward Bond's play Bingo (1973).

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