This photograph shows the top floor of the house at Coate, which is where Jefferies wrote as a young man. I took it when I visited the museum last summer.
The Richard Jefferies Museum, based at his old house, has been open since the early 1960s, having been acquired from a private owner in the 1920s by the old Swindon Corporation under the visionary eye of councillor and mayor Reuben George.
... the visitor to the Jefferies Museum can know for certain that they are standing where the author stood, gazing from the windows he gazed from and looking into the gardens that inspired some of the most beautiful prose in the language.
The lifesize figure on the bed, reading intently with his heels kicked up, was rather sweet. But one thing puzzled me.
"Did Victorian boys wear short trousers?" I asked the guide from the Richard Jefferies Society.
"Well, you see," he said, "there was an exhibition in town last year about Swindon in the Second World War...."