Places Discussed

(Critical Guide to Settings and Places in Literature)


Barchester. Episcopal seat of the Church of England’s diocese of Barset, the site of the bishop’s palace as well as all the ecclesiastical politics, which involves the Reverend Josiah Crawley’s trials after being accused of stealing a bank draft. Bishop Proudie and his wife are the chief powers of the town. In fact, Mrs. Proudie leads the bishop by the nose and is actively working against the honest but obtuse Crawley. Barchester is also the site of the dean and chapter, who also wield influence in matters spiritual and temporal.


Hogglestock. Small bleak parish of which the Reverend Josiah Crawley is the perpetual curate. While no one in his right mind could aspire to live in this god-forsaken hamlet, Crawley serves his poor parishioners well. Nevertheless, Mrs. Proudie conspires to oust him for malfeasance and insert her obsequious dependant, the Reverend Caleb Thumble, in his place.


Silverbridge. Town on the railway line in Barset where Crawley is taken to face legal charges after he is accused of stealing a bank check. His daughter Grace, the romantic heroine of a subplot of the novel, teaches at the Misses Prettyman’s School in Silverbridge but resigns her post in shame because of her father’s accusation.


*London. Great Britain’s capital city is the site of the office of the barrister Thomas...

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