The Church and The Old Farm-House, Tolchurch

Peter's Finger Inn, Lytchett Minster — The Inn at Flychett in Hardy's The Hand of Ethelberta. Source of photograph: Anniversary Edition of the Wessex Novels, 1920, facing title-page. 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,

Inn at Flychett, situated in that 'trumpery small bit of a village' where Sol Chickerell and the Hon. Edgar Mountclere rest their their horses, is akin to the inn called 'Peter's Finger' at Lytchett Minster. Frontispiece. Henchard's last journey in The Mayor of Casterbridge, Ch. XLV, takes him through this area (the inn is called "Peter's Finger" to this day), and he dies nearby, in a deserted hovel, tended by Abel Whittle. [These remarks by the anonymous editors often seem to be based on Thomas Hardy's Wessex (1913) by Herman Lea].


Hardy, Thomas. The Hand of Ethelberta. "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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