Hardy's Cottage at Higher Bockhampton, DorsetHigher Bockhampton's only claim to fame is that it was the birth place of Dorset's most famous son, Thomas Hardy.

Today the cottage in which Hardy was born is maintained as a monument to the author and poet by the National Trust. The cottage together with a 10ft column of rough hewn Cornish granite, the gift of American admirers, are about the only things worth seeing in this little hamlet, one of five making up the parish of Stinsford. Although Hardy's body was interned in Westminster Abbey it was here in the parish church that his heart was buried along with first wife.

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