By PurbeckDavid49

Houses (18th century) on North Street, Wareham

The pair of red brick fronted houses on the left postdate Wareham's Great Fire of 1762. To their right, the white painted Anglebury is 16th century, its front was remodelled in the 18th century with the addition of new windows and eaves cornice.

The narrow Cow Lane separates the Anglebury - the name used in Thomas Hardy's novels to designate Wareham - from a later (19th century) red brick building. It was there that Diana Maria Craik wrote her best-known novel "John Halifax, Gentleman", published in 1857. A contemporary of George Eliot, another female novelist, Mrs Craik was a fine writer and her works were very popular.

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