The Brown House Barn./

The Red House supposdly the oroginal of Hardy's Brown House Barn in Jude The Obscure. Source of photograph: Anniversary Edition of the Wessex Novels, 1920, III, frontispiece. 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 Brown House, known locally as the Red House, is situated on the road to Great Fawley, the Marygreen of the novel, about five miles south of Wantage, the Alfredston of Jude, in Berkshire. From the roof of this 'weather-beaten old barn' Jude was able to see in the sky to the northward the halo of light which hung over Christminster, the fictitious name for Oxford, the city of his dreams."


Hardy, Thomas. Jude The Obscure in The Writings of Thomas Hardy in Prose and Verse With Prefaces and Notes in Twenty-One Volumes. Vol. III. New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1920.

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