Admirers of the great Victorian novelist
Thomas Hardy – a true man of Dorset – should
not omit this pretty village on their tour of
the county. Hardy called it ‘Kingsbere’.
The lovely Saxon parish church became the last resting place of his tragic heroine ‘Tess’ (of the D’Urbervilles) after he based his famous book around a local family, the Turbervilles.
The church was lovingly rebuilt by Henry Vll’s Chancellor, Cardinal Morton, and has some remarkable features. Close to the village are the remains of an Iron Age fort.