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Country Life visited the property in 2002.<br />
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To the Manor Born - The Thimbleby's are going into battle over plans to build a housing estate next to their historic Dorset home.<br />
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A historic Elizabethan manor that inspired author Thomas Hardy is under threat from plans to build 120 houses in a neigbouring field.<br />
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The proposed development near Dorchester in Dorset would be just 200 yards from the Grade I listed Wolfeton House which the great novelist frequently visited.<br />
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It was owned for 400 years by the Trenchard family whose name provided inspiration for Hardy's classic 1886 novel The Mayor of Casterbridge..<br />
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The writer also used the grand house in the story The Lady Penelope in his collection of short stories A Group of Noble Dames (1891).<br />
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The planning application is for a large-scale development of 120 homes in an agricultural field south of Westleaze in Charminster, a village near Dorchester.<br />
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Captain Nigel Thimbleby and wife Katharine, the owners of Wolfeton House, are leading the fight against the plans.