The People's Friend Special

Kingston Maurward Estate

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On the outskirts of Dorchester you’ll find the 750-acre Kingston Maurward Estate, where Hardy’s father used to work as a builder and stonemason.

As a young boy, Hardy was schooled in the grounds in a magnificen­t Elizabetha­n manor house which had seen better days. He later made it the home of schoolmist­ress Fancy Day in “Under The Greenwood Tree”.

His memories of the building also helped with his descriptio­n of Knapwater House, in his first published novel “Desperate Remedies”.

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