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Sunday, 2 June 2013

Happy Birthday Thomas Hardy!! Born on this day 2nd June 1840

Thomas Hardy – Dorset County Museum © 2013
On this day the 2nd June 1840, Thomas Hardy was born at Higher Bockhampton, a hamlet in the parish of Stinsford, some two and half miles east of Dorchester.

In his novels, short stories and poems Thomas Hardy recorded many folk beliefs and customs of the nineteenth century. For example the Mummers Play in the 'The Return of the Native', the Phantom Coach of the Turbervilles is mentioned in 'Tess of the D'urbevilles' the 'Skimmington Ride' in the Mayor of Casterbridge and in his poem The Lost Pyx about the legend of the 'Cross and Hand Stone' near Batcombe, which is also referred to in Tess of the D'Urbervilles.

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