|West Stafford lies a mile to the east of
Bockhampton and Thomas Hardy referred to it as Talbothaves in Tess of
the d'Urbevilles and the Tablothayes bells were rung for Tess's wedding.
This is a lovely little village lying off of the main road and the church is mostly 17th century and has had a lot of restorative work done to it. Near to the altar is the final resting place of the Revd Reginald Southwell Smith who served as incumbent here for 60 years.
There is an unusual carving here that was donated to the church in 1918, which features the town of Innsbruck in Austria and depicts Jesus being taught to read by his father.
The Old Rectory has a desk where William Wordsworth used to sit and write and nearby is Woodsford Castle built in 1337 and today this is a farmhouse that has six feet thick walls and is said to be one of the Counties oldest inhabited places.