From Dorchester, my friend and I walked across Grey’s Bridge – that is an egret you can just see, standing at the water’s edge – I must get a better zoom lens! – and then along a path by the water meadows
to Stinsford Church, where a cosy entrance invites you in ….
Thomas Hardy, one of our most famous local authors, went to services here. To say my friend is a fan of Thomas Hardy is an understatement! And she is very knowledgable about him, telling me little anecdotes along our walk – she told me he used to sit in the seat just below the ornate plaque in the photo below, which is on the left of the aisle as you walk in.
This is the gallery above the entrance, where the minstrels would have played before the installation of the organ.
We both love to read epitaphs (you can see more in the slideshow of the Ringstead walk ) and see another Dorset Church on my Stourpaine Walk.and I’m always interested to see the needlepoint kneelers, all those hours of beautiful handwork
where we visited Thomas Hardy’s memorial stone his ashes are in Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey
heading towards Bockhampton ………. (to be continued)
For anyone interested in following Hardy’s footsteps there are many wonders to see in and around Dorchester, go to the Tourist Information Centre and pick up a Hardy Trail Guide. A must is the house he lived in, Max Gate, which is opened by the National Trust from April to October. And also Hardy’s Cottage, Thomas Hardy’s birthplace, nestling at the edge of Thorncombe Woods, a great place for a woodland walk.
“A Pair of Blue Eyes” by thomas Hardy is being serialised on BBC Radio 4 Extra a the moment : http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007jphk
Available for 4 weeks.