the birthplace of Thomas Hardy ...
Thomas Hardy was born in this cottage at Higher Bockhampton in Dorset on 2nd June 1840, and lived here until the age of 34.
It faces West, and round the back and sides
High beeches bending, hang a veil of boughs
On the day we were passing the cottage was closed, but fortunately for us you can see much of the exterior and gardens from the track, so at least we were able to have a nose over the wall!
The cottage is the fictional Tranter Dewy's House in the novel 'Under The Greenwood Tree', written at the window seat of Hardy's bedroom.
Remember the 1978 dramatisation of The Mayor of Casterbridge. Alan Bates plays Michael Henchard, a man who under the influence of rum-laced furmity, sells his wife and baby for five guineas.
I'd watch it religiously with my Mum, and after we'd utter, many thankies, in the fictional county of Wessex dialect!