A fascinating visit to Jane Austen’s House in Chawton to be shown around by the new Museum Director, Lizzie Dunford and Chairman of Trustees, Isabel Hughes. They are both absolute mines of information and I was inspired to hear about their fundraising plans to see the house preserved for future generations. There are some real challenges in a structure with some parts exceeding 500 years of age in a grade 1 listed building.
Having lived most of her life in Hampshire this was Jane Austen’s home from 1809 almost until her death in 1817 and is where she revised Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice and Northanger Abbey and wrote Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion. All six novels were published from this house.