The River Froom

The River Froom. Source of photograph: Tess of the D'Urbervilles in the Anniversary Edition of the Wessex Novels, 1920, facing p. 132. 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,

The Froom Valley, the Valley of the Great Dairies, "the Valley in which milk and butter grew to rankness -- the verdant plain so well watered by the river Var or Froom," in which lay the dairy at Talbothays, where Tess worked as a dairy-maid and was married to Angel Clare.

Talbothays Dairy was situated a few miles from Dorchester, not far from the junction of the Dorchester-Tincleton and Puddletown-Islinton roads, on the southern margin of Egdon Heath.


Hardy, Thomas. Tess of the D'Urbervilles, A Pure Woman. "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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