Max Gate

Client: The National Trust

Location: Dorchester

Description of Work: Intruder and Fire Alarm Maintenance

Duration: Jan – Feb 2015


Max Gate, is a sophisticated town house a short walk from the town centre of Dorchester and was the home of Dorset’s most famous author and poet Thomas Hardy. Hardy designed and lived in Max Gate from 1885 until his death in 1928. It was here that he wrote Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure and The Mayor of Casterbridge, as well as much of his poetry. The house was named after a nearby tollgate keeper called Mack.


Wessex Fire and Security have been looking after the intruder alarm since 2001 and now also maintain the fire alarm system.  The House is operated by the National Trust as a Museum and accordingly our works on site are undertaken to minimise disruption.  Wessex Fire and Security looks after the fire and intruder systems within many heritage sites across the South of England.  We recently installed a brand new fire alarm system and we also installed some emergency lighting.

We have established a very high level of expertise in the installation and maintenance of fire and security systems in sensitive sites. We are adept at minimising the aesthetic impact of modern detection provisions through their thoughtful deployment and installation.  We regularly work with specialist architects, consultants and agencies in this area and take great pride in the part we play in safeguarding the region’s heritage.

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