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Thomas Hardy's home to open to public

30th December 2010

The house where Thomas Hardy wrote some of his most famous works is to be opened to the public.

Max Gate in Dorchester was designed by the author himself and he lived at the house from 1885 until his death in 1928. When living in the home, Hardy wrote books such as The Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure.

The National Trust acquired the property in 1940 after it was left to the organisation by Hardy's sister, who stipulated that it must always be lived in.

In order to open the home to the public and meet this requirement, the trust has appointed Ph.D student Jacqueline Dillion to reside there and help in its restoration.

She commented: 'I could not be more excited about this opportunity. To live, work and write in Hardy's own house … are all dreams come true for me.'

Visitors to the home, which opens on March 28th next year until September 29th, will be able to see the hall, dining area, drawing room and gardens of the property.
 

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