Articles in the category South West

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute

The Bath Royal and Literary and Scientific Institute (BRLSI) is an educational charity founded in 1824. Rev. Leonard Jenyns – friend and close correspondent of Charles Darwin bequeathed the BRLSI his library of over 2,000 books, correspondence of over 700 letters, scrapbooks and his Herbarium. Jenyns was orginially supposed to be the naturalist accompanying the […]

15 Monk Road, Bristol

A blue plaque marks the childhood home of Nobel prize-winning physicist Paul Dirac. Visiting This is a private home and not open to the public. [google-map-sc zoom=”15″]

Dorset County Museum

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Max Gate, Dorchester

Max Gate is the former home of Thomas Hardy in Dorchester, Dorset. Hardy designed and lived in Max Gate from 1885 until his death in 1928. It was here that he wrote Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure and The Mayor of Casterbridge, as well as much of his poetry. The house contains several […]

Hardy’s Cottage, Higher Bockhampton

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 […]

Bristol Gaol

Atheist Charles Southwell was imprisoned in Bristol Gaol for blasphemous libel in 1842. Southwell had a written an article in his periodical, the Oracle of Reason,  criticising the Bible. For this he was sentenced to a year in Bristol Gaol and fined £100, an enormous sum. He served the full sentence and was released on […]