Dunster Village [Hardy's Markton Village]

Dunster Village — Markton Village in Hardy's A Laodicean. Source of photograph: Anniversary Edition of the Wessex Novels, 1920, facing XIII, 188. Scanned image (2002) by Philip V. Allingham; text by Allingham and George P. Landow. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the person who scanned the image and (2) link your document to this URL.]

According to the editors, many of whose remarks seem based on Thomas Hardy's Wessex (1913) by Herman Lea,

Markton, which in the novel is a village near Stancy Castle, was evidently drawn from Dunster Village, near which stands to-day [1912] the castle of the same name. Most of the action in the story takes place in and around Dunster. Near the centre of the exceptionally wide main street of the village stands the old Yarn Market, an octagonal wooden building with wide overhanging eaves and light little dormer-windows. An atmosphere of mediævalism pervades the town; and we can freely conjecture from its present appearance what it must have been like two or three centuries back in time.


Hardy, Thomas. A Laodicean, A Story of To-day. "Anniversary Edition of the Wessex Novels." Vol 13. New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1920. This edition derives in part from previous editions and the photographs of 1912.

Last modified 24 August 2002