Parish church of St Mary, Puddletown
Puddletown shown within Dorset
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Puddletown was featured in the novel Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, where it was renamed as the village of Weatherbury. Tryphena Sparks, Thomas Hardy's cousin, who was the inspiration for Hardy's poem Thoughts of Phena at News of Her Death, lived in Puddletown.
The church of St Mary is mainly late medieval with an earlier core. Features of interest include the beaker-shaped font, the panelled roof to the nave, and the 17th century box pews, pulpit and gallery. There are also a number of 15th and 16th century monumental brasses and some stained glass by Ninian Comper. The South or Martyn family chapel has three 16th-century tombs with alabaster effigies.
The Old Manor
The Old Manor, also known as Ilsington House, on the east side of Puddletown is a Grade II* Listed country house. It is one of very few William and Mary style houses in Dorset.
Between 1780 and 1830, the house was leased to General Thomas Garth, principal equerry to King George III. The General adopted - and according to some stories, fathered - King George III’s illegitimate grandson by Princess Sophiea, and raised him at the manor.
In 1861 the house was bought by John Brymer and remained in the possession of the Brymer family for just over 100 years.
In 2000, The Old Manor was presented with a ‘Dorset Architectural Heritage Award’.
In 2012, it was on sale for just under £5M. 
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