The Chalk Walk, Casterbridge

The Chalk Walk, Dorchester — Hardy's Casterbridge in The Mayor of Casterbridge. [Compare a recent photograph] Source of photograph: the Anniversary Edition of the Wessex Novels, 1920, facing p. 72. Scanned image (2002) by Philip V. Allingham; text by Allingham and George P. Landow. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the person who scanned the image and (2) link your document to this URL.]

According to the editors, many of whose remarks seem based on Thomas Hardy's Wessex (1913) by Herman Lea,

Chalk Walk, an avenue on the town walls [in the area now called "Top o' the Town"], 'leading to an angle where the North and West escarpments met.' From this walk a footpath leads down into the Bath and Bristol Road. Henchard and Farfrae walked here.


Hardy, Thomas. The Mayor of Casterbridge, A Story of a Man of Character. "Anniversary Edition of the Wessex Novels." New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1920. This edition derives in part from previous editions and the photographs of 1912.

Last modified 19 April 2024