Locations in The Mayor of Casterbridge, a novel written in 1886 by Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)
"Maps of the Classics" by Peter Biggins
Weyhill, Hampshire, GB
Fictional name for Weyhill Fair in Weydon Priors, fictional name for the real town of Weyhill. The historic Weyhill Fairground was the where Michael Henchard sells his wife. A fair has been held on the site as far back as the 11th Century. There is now a pub there called The Weyhill Fair.
Dorchester, Dorset, GB
Fictional name for the real town of Dorchester.
Falmouth, Cornwall, GB
Where Susan and her daughter Elizabeth Jane lived in a seaside cottage after living in Canada.
Bank of Newfoundland
Where the sailor Newson was shipwrecked.
Where Thomas Hardy l;ived from 1885 until his death in 1928. It was here that he wrote Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure, and The Mayor of Casterbridge.
Three Mariners' Inn
Fictional name for the former King of Prussia tavern.
Annan, Dumfries & Galloway, GB
Place mentioned in the song of Donald Farfrae at the Three Mariners' Inn. Annan was originally a market town, which developed local industry using waterpower for grain milling and cotton spinning. In the 19th century the port of Annan forged links with Canada and the USA which led to the local shipbuilders graduating from building coastal brigs and schooners to building 1000-ton tea clippers.
Where Michael met Susan and Lucetta. Built by the Romans on the site of a hillfort called Maumbury Rings.
Canonbie, Dumfries & Galloway, GB
Plave mentioned by Donald Farfgare in a song after a hoax meeting with Elizabeth. Canonbie was immortalised in a poem by Sir Walter Scott entitled Marmion. A famous section covers the exploits of young Lochinvar. Having stolen the hand of the bride of Netherby Hall, about three miles south of Canonbie, the dashing knight is chased through Canonbie, but makes good his escape.
Ayr, South Ayrshire, GB
Farfrae and Elizabeth danced to a tune by the name of "Miss M'Leod of Ayr."
Fictional name for St, George Church in Durnover, the fictional name for the real village of Fordington.
Maiden Hillfort, where Henchard spied Newsom. One of the largest hill forts in Europe.
High Street Bridge over a branch of the River Frome that runs through town.
Mayor of Castebridge House
Now a branch of Barclays Bank.
The King's Arms
Where Susan, Elizabeth, and Fairfrae first saw Henchard in Casterbridge.
St Helier, England, JE
Where Lucetta was born.
Bath, Bath and North East Somerset, GB
Where Lucetta was from more recently.
Edinburgh, Midlothian, GB
Where Farfrae was from.
Perth, Perth & Kinross, GB
Place mentioned in "The Lass of Gowrie, " the song of Donald Farfrae while looking at the new corn drill. The chief town of Gowrie is Perth. Gowrie contains some of the best farmland in the whole of Scotland.
Where Lucetta lived, across from the Town Pump and the Market Place.
Bridport, Dorset, GB
Fictional name for Bridport Harbour, now known as West Bay. Where Lucetta went when Casterbridge got gloomy.
Fictional name for Prioory Mill, near where Jopp's cottage was.
Bridge over the River Frome on the outskirts of town.
Mouth of the River Frome
Source of the River Frome
Behind St. Osmund's Church in Evershot.
Fictional name for the King's Head inn on Mixen Lane, fictional name for Mill Street (Notice nearby Hardy Lane.)
Where Thomas Hardy was born in 1840. He lived here until he was aged 34
Weymouth, Dorset, GB
Fictional name for Weymouth.
Fictional name for Yellowham Hill. Where Henchard heard the bells from Casterbridge just after noon.
Ten Hatches Hole
Pool below Coker's Frome weir. Where Henchard saw his double floating dead.