NEW PLACE AND THE COUNTRY
She has a housewife's hand -- but that's no matter. (Rosalind, As You Like It)
In these years, the poet who supplied repertory with works as effective as Romeo and Juliet, the Dream, and Henry IV did not hang up his hat after morning rehearsals. He appeared on the stage himself, and with his writing, rehearsing, acting, planning with his fellows, and vetting of scripts he was very unlikely to leave London often. His income was substantial by 1596. As a matter of record ' William Shackspere' was one of the seventy-three rateable residents at St Helen's parish that October, but since he forgot or neglected by the next February to pay his tax -- just 5s. on goods valued at £5 -- the Petty Collectors of Bishopsgate ward sent his name to the Exchequer. No doubt the low assessment of £5 was simply nominal. Sharers in the Admiral's Servants were earning about £1 a week (perhaps the equivalent of £500 or more in London at the end of the twentieth century). This was four times the fixed wage of a skilled city worker, and his income would have been between £100 and £160 a year from all sources by the end of the reign. Few of his schoolmates ever earned so much.
There is no evidence that he spent money on London property until near the end of his life, but there is every sign that he was concerned to establish himself respectably at Stratford. His wife, his two daughters, and his small son Hamnet awaited him there in 1596. John Aubrey twice records that Shakespeare went into Warwickshire 'once