Barsetshire

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Barsetshire
Barsetshire.jpg
1953 map by Maurice Weightman published as endpapers for Thirkell's Jutland Cottage
Chronicles of Barsetshire location
CreatorAnthony Trollope
GenreNovels
TypeFictional county
Notable locationsBarchester, Silverbridge, Hogglestock, Allington
Notable charactersMr Septimus Harding, Mrs Proudie, Dr Thomas Thorne
 
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Barsetshire
Barsetshire.jpg
1953 map by Maurice Weightman published as endpapers for Thirkell's Jutland Cottage
Chronicles of Barsetshire location
CreatorAnthony Trollope
GenreNovels
TypeFictional county
Notable locationsBarchester, Silverbridge, Hogglestock, Allington
Notable charactersMr Septimus Harding, Mrs Proudie, Dr Thomas Thorne

Barsetshire is a fictional British county created by Anthony Trollope, which is featured in the series of novels known as the "Chronicles of Barsetshire". The county town and cathedral town is Barchester. Other towns mentioned in the novels include Silverbridge, Hogglestock and Greshamsbury.

In Doctor Thorne Trollope describes the way in which the county, formerly represented by a single Member of Parliament was split into two parliamentary seats, the more rural East Barsetshire, which includes Barchester, and the more commercial West Barsetshire, by the Reform Act 1832. The borough of Silverbridge, according to the Palliser novels, also elects a member of Parliament.

The novel Barsetshire Pilgrimage, and some of the episodes in Let Dons Delight (1939), both by Ronald Knox, refer to Barsetshire and its inhabitants.

Barsetshire was also used as the setting for a series of 29 novels by Angela Thirkell, written from 1930 to 1961. Thirkell's stories blend social satire with romance.

Barsetshire is also used in some of the Pullein-Thompson sisters books, usually referring to rival teams or as a nearby county.

Barchester and Barset were used as names for the fictional county in which St Trinians School was supposedly located in the original films.

The county is also mentioned in Michael Innes's "Appleby and Honeybath" where it is suggested that "the shifting of county boundaries has pretty well done away with Barsetshire." (p 27)

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