Wessex is the ancient name for the south-west part of England which was the stronghold of the old kings of Anglo-Saxon England. The modern name for this county is now known as Dorset, with Dorchester as its country home. This short documentary takes the viewer to the birth home of Thomas Hardy. Hardy is best known for his richly charactered novel "Tess of the d'Urbervilles" and much poetry. Set against the magnificent backdrop of the region can be heard extracts of Hardy's bleak, retrospective, but moving poetry.