Novelist and poet Thomas Hardy was born here and lived here until the age of 34. He wrote Under the Greenwood Tree and Far from the Madding Crowd in the cottage.
Young Hardy grew up in an atmosphere of simple worship but as an adult, he encountered the challenges to dogmatic religious belief that were sweeping England , sparked by books such as Darwin ‘s The Origin of Species and the new “higher criticism” of the Bible. Hardy slowly moved from the Christian teachings of his boyhood to become a thoughtful, questioning agnostic.
Hardy’s Cottage is owned by the National Trust. Admission is £4 for adults. See website for opening times and more details.