Literacy visit to Thomas Hardy Cottage

Literacy visit to Thomas Hardy Cottage


 A visit to the birthplace of Thomas Hardy for Wey Valley students formed part of literacy day, which also included visits to St Mary’s Church in Puddletown and St Michael’s Church in Stinsford, near Dorchester.

Students received a guided tour of the Thomas Hardy Cottage estate with colleagues from the National Trust.  Few authors have such strong associations with the natural and cultural heritage of their local area as Thomas Hardy. The cottage, where Hardy was born in 1840, was built of cob and thatch by his great-grandfather and has been little altered since the family left.

Julie Harris, English teacher and trip organiser commended the student group on a thoroughly interesting and fact finding day that will complement literature studies in school. 

Mrs Harris added, ‘it was a non-stop day with so much literacy and history covered and we are very grateful to National Trust colleagues for their tour and the local Vicar at St Mary’s Church who met students to talk about the importance of this historic church, which was known as "Weatherbury" in Thomas Hardy's novels, well known for its "gurgoyles" on the church’.

The last leg of the trip included a visit to Stinsford Church and the period home next to the church where Thomas Hardy's heart is buried.