|My grandfather Lloyd "Bo" Williams, his mother Janie E. Williamson Williams |
and his grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Joyner Williamson.
|“The Royal Oak” inn in Bere Regis, Dorset, UK.|
|St. John The Baptist Church in Bere Regis.|
|The front cover of an 1892 edition of "Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented"|
The novel by Thomas Hardy, first published in 1891 initially appeared in a censored and serialised version, published by the British illustrated newspaper, “The Graphic.” Now considered a great classic of English literature, the book received mixed reviews when it first appeared, in part because it challenged the sexual mores of Hardy's day.
In the book of fiction, a poor farmer exploits his daughter's beauty for social advancement. The church and surrounding area is featured in many parts of the book.
Bere Regis is now a large village with one shop, a post office and two pubs. It's close to Puddletown, Tolpuddle and Affpuddle so it sounds like cartoon animals from Beatrix Potter probably live there.
It's also close to Stonehendge so it a trip would be educational.
I think Thomas Joyner is wanting me to visit.