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Max Gate, Dorchester

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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Max Gate is the former home of Thomas Hardy and is located on the outskirts of Dorchester, Dorset, England.Hardy designed and lived in Max Gate from 1885 until his death in 1928. He lived there with his first wife Emma, and then with his second wife Florence. It was there that he wrote Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure and The Mayor of Casterbridge, as well as much of his poetry.In 1940, Hardy's sister Kate left the house to the National Trust with the stipulation that it should be lived in. The house has been continually occupied since then. It was first opened to the public in 1994 with restricted access and limited opening times for a few days a week. Beginning in 2011 the National Trust opened all three floors of the house to the public five days a week (from March to October), allowing access to the hall, drawing room, two studies, the dining room and the kitchen. In 2013 two bedrooms were also opened up for the first time, including the room where Thomas Hardy wrote the Mayor of Casterbridge and where he died. The house contains several pieces of Hardy's furniture, although his study has been relocated to the Dorset County Museum.Half of the 100m diameter Neolithic interrupted ditch enclosure known as Flagstones is under the grounds of Max Gate; the other half was archaeologically excavated in 1987 prior to the construction of the Dorchester bypass.
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  • We visited, ( not for the first time ) Max Gate ,its a place we never get tired of , and the last visit now including more rooms to view that have been opened up to the public , a delightful and histo...  read more »
  • Disappointed upon visiting this house which was furnished with things that looked like it was from a scrap heap. It did not look properly furnished and the bedroom was nearly empty! We expected a litt...  read more »
  • We found this easily enough and arrived early to await it being opened as parking is o limited by the kerbside opposite the house. Although none of the furniture is original to Hardy, the NT have tast...  read more »
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