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Shakespeare's Oxford tavern room opens to public

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Media captionTour guides in costume are showing visitors around the room

A room in a former Oxford tavern in which William Shakespeare is believed to have been a guest, has opened to the public.

The Painted Room is all that remains of the Crown Tavern in Cornmarket, where he stayed while travelling between Stratford-upon-Avon and London.

Debbie Dance of Oxford Preservation Trust called the room "extraordinary".

Guided tours will run for a week. The trust hopes the room can be opened to the public permanently in the future.

It is above the current Republic fashion shop.

The Crown Tavern was owned by John Davenant who was a friend of Shakespeare, according to the trust.

Image caption The room features original Elizabethan wallpaper

Shakespeare is said to have stayed there on several occasions and was the godfather to Davenant's son William.

The Painted Room is where special guests would have stayed, according to the trust.

The room features Elizabethan wallpaper, which was discovered hidden behind oak panels in the 1920s.

The Oxford Preservation Trust hopes to take possession of the property, which is currently owned by the city council, and open it to the public.

Ms Dance said: "We're standing where Shakespeare was. It's such an extraordinary thing - we have to get it back for the public."

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