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Katharine Thimbleby outside Wolfeton House
To the Manor Born - The Thimbleby's are going into battle over plans to build a housing estate next to their historic Dorset home.
A historic Elizabethan manor that inspired author Thomas Hardy is under threat from plans to build 120 houses in a neigbouring field.
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.
It was owned for 400 years by the Trenchard family whose name provided inspiration for Hardy's classic 1886 novel The Mayor of Casterbridge..
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).
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.
Captain Nigel Thimbleby and wife Katharine, the owners of Wolfeton House, are leading the fight against the plans.