Wall-Tile replacement at Max Gate

Max Gate wall tie work (c) National Trust Martin Stephen

Thomas Hardy’s Dorchester home, Max Gate, is having a facelift. The original wall ties, put in by the writer more than 130 years ago, have rusted through and are now causing the brickwork to crack and are being replaced by the National Trust building team.  The work will be happening on selected days throughout the summer and early autumn, giving visitors the opportunity to see this vital conservation work in action. Continue reading…

Plans to transform Thomas Hardy’s birthplace have been given the green light with funding from Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a £495,000 grant for the development of a visitor centre and education trails in Thorncombe Wood, which surrounds the writer’s birthplace cottage in Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester. Continue reading…