Max Gate

Thomas Hardy lived here from 1885 until his death in 1928 © Robert Morris

Thomas Hardy lived here from 1885 until his death in 1928

Visit Max Gate

The interior

Unfortunately many of Hardy's possessions were dispersed before we acquired the house, but you will be able to see the spaces he created, and the rooms he shaped as the places he wanted to write in and live.

The garden

You will find the garden at Max Gate, much as it was originally planned, with high walls and large trees encircling the property to preserve Hardy's privacy. The sundial, designed by Hardy, was erected in his memory.

The pet cemetery

The Hardy's buried their pets here, including the infamous terrier, 'Wessex', who was inclined to bite all-comers with the exception of T E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia). Lawrence often visited from nearby Clouds Hill.