Thomas Hardy Novel Locations
He wrote most of his stories centred his semi-fictional South Wessex, which was an ancient Saxon kingdom in the South and West of England. Hardy invented a part real, part imaginary country, altering the real names of local places to suit his novels.
If you have read 'Far From the Madding Crowd', 'Under the Greenwood Tree', 'The Mayor of Casterbridge', 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles', or any of Thomas Hardy's books you may find these 'translations' useful. We've included links to walks to some of these locations (we'll be adding more soon).
Athelhampton - Athelhall
(The Waiting Supper - a short story - Walk do139)
Beaminster - Emminster
Bere Regis - Kingsbere
Bournemouth - Sandbourne
Bridport - Port Bready
Cerne Abbas - Abbot's Cernel
Dorchester - Casterbridge (The Mayor of Casterbridge)
Egton Heath - Puddletown Forest
Eggardon Hill - Haggardon Hill (The Trumpet-Major - Walk do103)
Marnhull - Marlott
Melbury Osmond - Great Hintock
Pilsdon Pen - Pilsdon Crest
Poole - Havenpool
Portland - Isle of Slingers
Puddletown - Weatherbury (Walks do108)
Salisbury - Melchester
Shaftesbury - Shaston Sherborne - Sherton Abbas
Sturminster Newton - Stourcastle
Swanage - Knollsea
Wareham - Angelbury
West Stafford - Woodsford
Weymouth - Budmouth Regis
Wimborne Minster - Warborne
Incidentally, Thomas Hardy the novelist was not the only famous Thomas Hardy to be born in Dorset.
The Thomas Hardy who captained Lord Nelson's Flagship HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalger (as in "Kiss me Hardy") was born in nearby Portesham.
There is a monument erected in his honour on Black Down (National Trust) which you can visit and climb via a series of steps. (Walk do122)