Thomas Hardy: Bockhampton and Beyond
Not far from Dorsetshire’s county town of Dorchester - in the hamlet of Higher Bockhampton - stands a thatched cottage situated on the edge of a wild heath. Here, in the year 1840, Thomas Hardy was born.
During his childhood and youth, Hardy immersed himself in the beautiful and evocative countryside which surrounded him. Furthermore, the home and environment which Hardy enjoyed for much of the first 34 years of his life, including its folk and folklore, provided a backdrop and inspiration for many of the famous novels for which he is known today.
Hardy, by his own admission, had a propensity to fall in love with members of the opposite sex, and many rumours abounded that he had fathered at least one illegitimate child. Now, for the first time, one such child has been identified, a girl named Augusta.