The Old Manor-House, Knapwater

The Old Manor-House, Kingston Park — The Old Manor-House, Knapwater in Hardy's. Desperate Remedies. Source: Anniversary Edition of the Wessex Novels, 1920, facing p. 114. 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 Herbert Lea,

The Old Manor-House (in reality, the Old Manor-House, Kingston Park), an old Tudor building [1592] in Kingston Park, stands to us for the building where [Aeneas] Manston lived. The old building belonged originally to the Grey family, from whom it passed with the estates to the Pitts by the marriage of George Pitt to Laura, only child and heiress of Audley.

The present owners of the house, Andrew and Mulu Thomson, remind us of Laura through designating one of the three guest-rooms "The Laura Pitt Room."


Hardy, Thomas. Desperate Remedies. "Anniversary Edition of the Wessex Novels." New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1920. This edition derives in part from previous editions and the photographs of 1912.

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