Alderworth Cottage

A Cottage in Affpuddle, a village near Dorchester — Hardy's Alderworth Cottage in Hardy's The Return of the Native. Source of photograph: the Anniversary Edition of the Wessex Novels, 1920, facing IV, 246. 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,

Alderworth, the fictitious name of the cottage which Clym rented after his marriage to Eustacia, was situated 'about two miles beyond the village of East Egdon'. East Egdon represents Affpuddle, a village near Dorchester. It was at the church in this village that Clym and Eustacia were married.

The cottage was in a lonely situation, for 'it was almost as lonely as that of Eustacia's grandfather, but the fact that it stood near a heath was disguised by a belt of firs which almost enclosed the premises'"


Hardy, Thomas. The Return of the Native in The Writings of Thomas Hardy in Prose and Verse with Prefaces and Notes in Twenty-One Volumes. Vol. IV. New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1920. This edition derives in part from previous editions and the photographs of 1912.

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