Hardy's Cottage Houses
Higher Bockhampton, Dorset
Birthplace of novelist and poet Thomas Hardy
Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 in this small cob and thatch cottage and from here he would walk to school every day in Dorchester, three miles away. It was built by his great-grandfather and is little altered since the family left. The interior has been furnished by the NT (see also Max Gate). His early novels Under the Greenwood Tree and Far from the Madding Crowd were written here. It has a charming cottage garden.
AddressHigher Bockhampton, Dorset, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8QJ
Opening timesApr - Oct
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