Slightly odd here

A country manor house that inspired Thomas Hardy is at the centre of a planning row as the local council recommended 120 houses be built next door.

The development near Dorchester in Dorset would “ruin the environs” of Elizabethan Grade I listed Wolfeton House which the great novelist frequently visited, according to the Hardy Society.


Tony Fincham, of the Hardy Society, said: “This proposed development is within 200 yards of Wolfeton House and it will damage the environs of the 16th century house, which remains in appearance exactly as described by Hardy.”

He added: “It’s not good news for those concerned about preserving Thomas Hardy’s landscape, which is an integral part of his literary heritage.”

Not going to change Hardy’s heritage at all now, is it? Because, you know, he wrote the description down in a book ‘n’all?

17 thoughts on “Slightly odd here”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    Nothing looks the same as it was when Hardy wrote. Maybe parts of the city itself but not much there either.

    I suspect that the opposition to this would be less intense if it wasn’t for the architecture of the proposed estate – and perhaps for the criminal tendencies of the proposed tenants.

    There is a simple solution – copy Poundbury.

  2. Fantastic. Wolfeton House can become the focus of a new community, transformed into a primary school, convenience store, GP surgery…

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    They could solve two problems at the same time. They could make the countryside more like it was in Hardy’s day by spraying sh!t everywhere. Then no one would want to live in the estate.

    Problem solved.

  4. SMFS is correct. Build the homes in a charming period style to fit right in.

    Instead of the “shit-box modern” style .

    And –if price doesn’t sort the residents–make an example of any trash who try to kick off. Try it on chav-style and a charming little team show up, beat the shite out of all of you and kick in your TV and computers as a parting shot.

    Soon there will exist a charming village that TH himself would be glad to have lived in.

  5. The irony being that if the owner of Wolfeton House wanted to build something for himself in his own grounds, he’d be refused on the basis that he was spoiling the environs of a Grade 1 listed building. Yet 120 houses a few yards down the road is fine………….

  6. According to the Tel, Captain Nigel Tyrwhitt Lumley Luttrell Thimbleby is a former Army officer i.e. not naval. Then isn’t it a bit infra dig for him to style himself Captain?

  7. So Much For Subtlety

    dearieme – “Then isn’t it a bit infra dig for him to style himself Captain?”

    Isn’t there a rule that you have to be at least a Lt Col before you can continue to use your rank once you have retired?

  8. Bloke in North Dorset

    “SMFS is correct. Build the homes in a charming period style to fit right in.,

    Well that rules out the eyesore that is Poundbury

  9. So Much For Subtlety

    Nautical Nick – “And some bastard has ruined Dickins’ London, too!”

    Someone put Mrs Jellyby in charge of immigration policy.

  10. Bloke in North Dorset

    Didn’t we have the discussion on using ranks when retired some time ago? IIRC Majors who’ve seen active service was one conclusion.

  11. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Major was always the cut-off. We had a master at prep school who’d been in tanks and he was a major. Didn’t take any crap. Apparently W. E. Johns of Biggles fame wasn’t even a captain, which marked him out as a bit of a bounder among the cognoscenti.

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