Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Jane Austen's Chawton

Hello

Great to see you.

Having walked a couple of miles from Alton railway station and through the underpass, you emerge in the beautiful village of Chawton.  It's all thatched cottages and glorious gardens.




Chawton is famous for being the site of Jane Austen's house, where she lived for the last eight years of her life and where she revised some of her earlier novels for publication as well as writing more.

Jane Austen's house, now a museum




Jane and her family were able to move into the house when her brother Edward inherited the Chawton estate from the Knight family.  He was her third eldest brother and was presented to the Knights, childless distant relations, when he was 12 years old who looked after him and his education,  leaving their estates to him when they died.

On buying a ticket which is valid for a year, you enter into a beautifully kept garden with a few outbuildings, including the bakehouse below.




The garden was full of plants and flowers which have not come out in the photos.




The best thing to do is watch a short film on Jane's life shown in the Learning Centre to put everything in perspective before going into the cottage.

Next time I'll show you what it looks like inside, it has recently been decorated with wallpaper copied from fragments found in the building in preparation for the Bicentenary of Jane's death.

Cheerio

14 comments:

  1. What a charming little village with some wonderfully famous inhabitants! Seems a perfect place to spend the last years of your life, especially if you are a writer. Thanks for taking us along! x Karen

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    1. It's a delightful corner to hide away in and write a few books!

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  2. One of my favourite places. I love visiting chawton. Thanks for the trip x

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    1. There were so many pretty fields and gardens too. Lovely isn't it.x

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  3. What a lovely village and such beautiful cottages. It sounds like an interesting place to visit.

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    1. It was so pretty and quite a contrast to Alton on the other side of the tunnel.

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  4. You took us on a wonderful tour, a joy to visit.

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  5. Lucky you, I"m such a Jane Austen fan.

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  6. What a beautiful part of the world you have found - it is like stepping back in time indeed. I love those thatched cottages and a ticket that is valid for a year is always a bonus! Thanks for popping over, yes I'm not too far away and enjoying a British Summer!
    Wren x

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  7. Such a long time since we visited the museum, I remember how fascinating it was and also that we had to put plastic covers over our shoes as we all went in. I was watching Lucy Worsley recently on TV about Jane Austen and she visited the cottage as well as other houses connected with Jane:)

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    1. That was a good programme, most enjoyable. We didn't need to wear plastic overshoes this time.

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