Thomas Hardy was born in this small cob and thatch building in 1840, and lived there until he was 34, writing Under the Greenwood Tree and Far from teh Madding Crowd during this time. In the grounds of his childhood home, you can see the trees which provided cider for the adults and tree-climbing games for the children. Hardy and his siblings loved climbing these trees, as he recalls in one of his poems "Logs on the hearth". Hardy's cottage now attracts visitors from around the world, who can explore references to apples and orchards in his writing. Hardy's orchard ws largely replanted in the 1970's and today there are a mix of eating apples, cookers and cider apples.