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Wirksworth, Adam Bede's Cottage

This thatched two storey cottage about a mile from the centre of Wirksworth was linked to "Adam Bede", the classic nineteenth century novel written by George Elliot. George Elliot was the pseudonym used by Mary Ann Evans as it was easier to use a male name rather than a female name if you were a woman at the time she was writing.

Her aunt, Elizabeth Evans, was believed to be the character Dinah Morris and Wirksworth was the Snowfield of the novel. Elliot's uncle, Samuel Evans, was the manager of the Haarlem Tape Works and the manager's house where the couple lived was opposite the old tape mills. Samuel would hold Methodist meetings in the mill and his wife would also preach.

The thatched roof shown in the picture had been replaced by slate tiles before 1908[1].

"Adam Bede's Cottage, Wirksworth". G. Marsden & Son, Wirksworth. Produced Entirely in England. Not posted
In the collection of, provided by, researched by and written by and © Ann Andrews. Intended for personal use only.


[1] Firth, J. B. (1908) "Highways and Byways in Derbyshire" MacMillan & Co., London. Firth says the slate roof replaced the thatch "a year ago".

Also see, elsewhere on this web site:
The Gentleman's Magazine Library has a section on Wirksworth
Derbyshire's Parishes, 1811 includes a short piece about Wirksworth

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