Sherton Abbas

Sherborne — Hardy's Sherton Abbas in The Woodlanders. Source of photograph: the Anniversary Edition of the Wessex Novels, 1920, facing page VI, 40. 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,

Sherton Abbas, a fascinating old town full of quaint bits of architecture and mediaeval buildings, is an approximation of Sherborne. The market-place in the centre of the town is whewe Winterborne is pictured, fixed to the spot close by his apple-tree, unable to advance to meet Miss Melbury. The town has many interesting buildings, among them the school, attached to which is the museum in which is preserved the noted megalosaurus, whose upper and lower jaws are more perfect than any other specimen extant.


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

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