Weatherbury Church (Puddletown Church)

Puddletown Church) — Weatherbury Church in Hardy's Far From The Madding Crowd. 8 cm high x 13 cm wide. Source of photograph: Anniversary Edition of the Wessex Novels, 1920, facing p. 360. 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,

Puddletown Church, situated near the village square, is the original from which Weatherbury Church was drawn. alterations and additions have been made recently [i. e., 1912] , but the "little gallery door" which Troy used in entering the church and the porch where he passed the night may yet be seen. The gargoyle which was 'too human to be called like a dragon, too uimpish to be like a man, too animal to be like a fiend, and not enough like a bird to be called a griffin' was taken from a church in another parish.


Hardy, Thomas. Far From The Madding Crowd. New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1920.

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