Thomas Hardy's parents, Jemima Hand and Thomas Hardy, were married in the church of St. Osmund at Melbury Osmond in 1839, and at the northern end of the footpath through the churchyard is a thatched house where Hardy's mother is thought to have lived as a child. In Hardy's novels the village is known as Great Hintock and is the setting for 'The Woodlanders'

The village of Melbury Osmond is unspoilt and picturesque with many oak trees. It is well worth walking down from the church to the water splash, and even beyond to admire the 17th century thatched stone cottages.

The church of St. Osmund 'being ruinous was totally taken down and rebuilt on the same foundation' in 1745, leaving only the internal tower arch from the original medieval church. The rebuilt church is very plain and much prettier from the outside than within.

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