Thomas Hardy's Seat

BlueMoonRose

Joined March 2010

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201 views, 3 favourites, 5 November 2013
Featured in THE WORLD AS WE SEE IT OR AS WE MISSED IT! on 4 September 2013 and in TOOLS on 7 April 2014
The garden seat in the grounds of The Old Rectory, Boscastle, Cornwall, England, where we stayed recently. The seat was regularly used by the poet and novelist, Thomas Hardy, during his courtship of his first wife, Emma. Scroll down for more information. Captured with my Canon PowerShot SX40 HS camera in Auto mode.

In 1870, while on an architectural mission to restore the parish church of St Juliot in Cornwall, Hardy met and fell in love with Emma Lavinia Gifford, whom he married in 1874. Although they later became estranged, her death in 1912 had a traumatic effect on him. After her death, Hardy made a trip to Cornwall to revisit places linked with their courtship, and his Poems 1912–13 reflect upon her death. In 1914, Hardy married his secretary Florence Emily Dugdale, who was 39 years his junior. However, he remained preoccupied with his first wife’s death and tried to overcome his remorse by writing poetry. (Wikipedia)


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