Bockhampton's only claim to fame is that it was the birth place of
Dorset's most famous son, Thomas Hardy.
the cottage in which Hardy was born is maintained as a monument to the
author and poet by the National Trust. The cottage together with a 10ft
column of rough hewn Cornish granite, the gift of American admirers, are
about the only things worth seeing in this little hamlet, one of five
making up the parish of Stinsford. Although Hardy's body was interned in
Westminster Abbey it was here in the parish church that his heart was
buried along with first wife.