Cottage at Cresscombe

Cottage at Letcombe Bassett, near Wantage &mdash supposdly the original of the cottage at Cresscombe in Hardy's Jude The Obscure. Source of photograph: Anniversary Edition of the Wessex Novels, 1920, facing III, 60. 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 way to the cottage in the village of Cresscombe, suggestive of Letcombe Bassett, is easily found from Wantage by direct road. Following beside the river for a short distance, a picturesque thatched cottage is discovered standing right among the watercress beds. This cottage was the model for the description of the home of Arabella Don, and here Jude first met her.


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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