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Wool Town Information

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Although this charming Dorset village features strongly in Thomas Hardy’s sweeping novel ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’, it is probably better known for its evocative 16th Century bridge over the River Frome. Hardy called this town ‘Wellbridge’ and based his tragic tale around a legend involving the Turberville family who lived at Jacobean Woolbridge Manor – now a hotel.

His heroine, ‘Tess Durbeyfield’, spent her fictional honeymoon in the manor with her husband-to-be, Angel Clare. Nearby stand the ruins of 12th Century Bindon Abbey.

Wool Bridge - Photo © Chris Shaw
Wool Bridge - Photo: Chris Shaw CCL