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Chawton

East Hampshire

Type:Towns & Villages

Chawton
Jane Autsen's House in the Village of Chawton

About

Home of Jane Austen for the last eight years of her life, Chawton is a delightful village near Alton in Hampshire.

You can visit Jane Austen's House, where she wrote or revised all her novels, and see the Chawton House Library where Jane's brother, Edward Knight lived.

At Chawton, which is today naturally regarded as Jane's literary home, Jane revised both Sense & Sensibility which was published in 1811 (and made Jane £140), and Pride & Prejudice, which was published in 1813. This was an instant success. Mansfield Park was published in 1814 and Emma in 1815. Persuasion was completed in 1816 but was not published until 1818, after Jane's death in 1817. Northanger Abbey was also published in 1818.

Jane and Cassandra normally went for a walk every day and used to go shopping in Alton, where their brother Henry, who was a London banker, had a branch bank. This was at 10 High Street, where the family post was delivered and collected.

Find out more about the town of Alton

There is a Jane Austen self-guided circular walk through the countryside that Jane loved, and a walking trail to nearby Alton. 

A short walk from Jane's home is St Nicholas's Church where Jane's mother and her sister are buried. The present church was rebuilt in 1872 following a fire which destroyed the church that Jane would have known.

Find out more about Chawton and things to do

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What's Nearby

  1. Jane Austen's House Museum

    The novelist Jane Austen is known worldwide for her popular novels describing the society...

    0.18 miles away
  2. Jane Austen Circular Walk

    Come and discover the beautiful countryside that inspired Jane Austen and take a peek...

    0.19 miles away
  3. Chawton House

    Chawton House Library is an internationally respected research library with a unique...

    0.28 miles away
  1. Curtis Museum

    Step inside the Curtis Museum to discover one of the finest local history collections in...

    1.46 miles away
  2. The Lavender Fields

    Welcome to Lavender Fields at Hartley Park Farm in the heart of the Hampshire countryside.

    2.06 miles away
  3. Gilbert White's House & Garden and The Oates Collection

    Historic house and garden, home of Gilbert White, author of 'The Natural History of...

    3.18 miles away
  4. Alice Holt Forest

    Once famous for its oak trees which supplied timber for navy ships, Alice Holt is managed...

    6.9 miles away
  5. Go Ape at Alice Holt Forest

    Go Ape is all about getting out in the open, having fun and being more adventurous. You...

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  6. Birdworld

    Birdworld offers a great family day out, where you can meet a huge range of birds, take a...

    7.31 miles away
  7. Old Thorns Championship Golf Course

    Old Thorns magnificent championship golf course ranges across the rolling hills of the...

    7.7 miles away
  8. Edward Thomas circular walk

    A 4 mile circular walk with stunning views of the South Downs

    7.84 miles away
  9. Flora Thompson Circular Walk

    Flora Thompson, of Lark Rise and Candleford fame, inspired this circular walk on Weavers...

    7.95 miles away
  10. Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'

    Let the train take the strain as you sit back, relax and travel through the heart of the...

    8.02 miles away
  11. The Grange Festival

    The Grange Festival is dedicated to performing world-class opera in the heart of...

    9.02 miles away
  12. Odiham Castle

    Known locally as ‘King John’s Castle’, Odiham Castle is located within a tranquil site...

    9.08 miles away
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