Thomas Hardy's home, Max Gate.

Thomas Hardy designed Max Gate and built it with his brother and father. The house was extended in 1895. He lived in the house from 1885 until his death in 1928. In 1970 it was awarded grade 1 listed status.

He wrote many of his most famous novels in the house and most of his poetry. Both he and his first wife Emma died in Max Gate.

A few pieces of his furniture are still in the house, his study furniture is actually in the Dorchester museum.

There is a walled garden and visitors can make themselves a tea or coffee in the kitchen and sit in the garden.

If you are Hardy fans the cottage where he was born is just 3 miles away at Higher Bockhampton, both properties are well worth a visit. Both are National Trust owned.

Please check their web site for all details. Stock image below of Max Gate.

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