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St Michael’s Church

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Church Lane | Stinsford, Dorchester DT2 8PT, England
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Burial place of Thomas Hardy

Beautiful well kept church and grounds, final resting place of Dorset writer, Thomas Hardy and also... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Dorchester, United Kingdom
My visit

After going to Hardy's Cottage, I went to Stinsford Church. I found there were two places to park... read more

Reviewed 10 June 2017
Exeter, United Kingdom
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Church Lane | Stinsford, Dorchester DT2 8PT, England

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful well kept church and grounds, final resting place of Dorset writer, Thomas Hardy and also Poet Laureate, Cecil day Lewis.

Thank Cjay407
Reviewed 10 June 2017

After going to Hardy's Cottage, I went to Stinsford Church. I found there were two places to park, one was opposite the agricultural building and about a couple of minutes walk to the church or near the church and about a few seconds walk to...More

Thank ste141
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Simple little church. Some medieval glass, a memorial window to Thomas Hardy, a music gallery (recent reconstruction). Main claim to fame is Hardy's heart buried in the churchyard

Thank drpetembe
Reviewed 12 January 2017

This beautiful little church is featured prominently in "Under the Greenwood Tree," but it is the final resting place of Hardy's heart (buried with his two wives and possibly a cat--look it up), along with Hardy's parents. It's a lovely church--I wish I had taken...More

Thank cwilson284
Reviewed 2 August 2016

The ancient church where he grew up and sang in the choir, the churchyard where his heart and the bodies of his parents and grandparents are buried ( as well as a host of other neighbours he used as the basis for his characters in...More

Thank mikeinwarrington
Reviewed 28 July 2016

If you remember the film, 'The Dead Poet's Society', I'm thinking of starting 'The Displaced Poet's Society' with Thomas Hardy and John Masefield as founder members as neither of them were buried where they had specifically asked to be buried! Thomas Hardy had asked to...More

Thank Tabbyiab
Reviewed 9 September 2015

This is an excellent and very pretty little principally 13th century church with very strong Hardy connections ~ some of him is buried in the churchyard according to the story, but who is sure? The Church is the 'Mellstock Church' as described in 'Under the...More

1  Thank AndyfromDorset
Reviewed 5 September 2015

The graves of Cecil Day Lewis and the memorial to Thomas Hardy (allegedly his heart is buried here) are a draw. The church itself is a wonderful historic building with a lovely atmosphere.

Thank bbbythesea
Reviewed 19 June 2015 via mobile

Very nice church to visit on a day trip you will great pictures two would recommend it if you have the time. Walking round this town you take away great memories of you time there.

Thank jim2404
Reviewed 19 May 2015

We walked from West Stafford to St Michael's Church a beautiful walk along the river. The church is lovely and full of information about Thomas Hardy and his family, the church is peaceful and does have some lovely stained glass windows. The heart of Thomas...More

Thank Lesleyannbarlow4845
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