CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Hampshire Life today CLICK HERE

Jane Austen and Chawton

PUBLISHED: 12:06 11 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:44 20 February 2013

Jane Austen and Chawton

Jane Austen and Chawton

Famed for Jane Austen and the oldest cricket club in Hampshire, Chawton is as popular as it is picturesque

Lying within the South
Downs National Park, Chawton is a small village on the outskirts of Alton. The village has strong literary roots and dates back to 1086 when it was recorded in the Doomsday book.
Most noted for...
Jane Austen. The celebrated novelist spent the last eight years of her life
in Chawton.
But try not to...
Miss the writing workshops held at the Jane Austen House Museum.
Stop for
A delicious cream tea at tea shop Cassandras Cup (01420 83144).
No plain Jane
Step into the life of Jane Austen at her House Museum; admire where she penned some of her most loved books, marvel at the patchwork quilt she darned with her mother and listen to the legendary squeaky door.
Book worms
Known as the home to early English womens writing, Chawton House Library (01420 541 010) is a charity with a unique collection of books dating from 1600 to 1830. Open to members of the public, you can search and savour early editions and rare texts.
Walk this way
Step in Jane Austens shoes and take a stroll through the woods and open countryside through Chawton Park.
Starting at Jane Austens House Museum this circular walks covers eight miles and includes one steep climb; it goes through Four Marks and passes many local attractions, including Upper Woodside Farm and the Watercress Line.
Visit www.greatwalksinbritain.co.uk for more information.
While youre here...
Pop into Holybourne Rare Books (01420 82808) and browse for literary gold.
Eat at: The Anchor Inn,
01420 23261
Drink at: The Greyfriar,
01420 83841
Stay at: St Marys Hall B&B,
01420 88269



Did you know?


Chawton villages original name was Cheltone meaning the place where calves are reared.
Jane Austen wrote Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion while
in Chawton.
Cassandra Leigh and Cassandra Elizabeth (Jane Austens mother and sister) are buried at St Nicholas Church in Chawton.
Jane Austen House Museum is visited by 30,000 people a year.
Chawton has its own cricket club, founded in 1883 it is one of the oldest in Hampshire.

More from Out & About

Friday, October 19, 2018

Is this the ultimate city break? Winchester has it all: from ancient history to space exploration, plus cafes, cocktails, culture and countryside… But with so much to do, choices are going to have to be made

Read more
Friday, October 19, 2018

10 of best photos of Hampshire shared on Instagram over the past week...

Read more
Monday, October 15, 2018

Remember, remember… Here’s a quick round up of some stunning displays across Hampshire this year

Read more
Monday, October 15, 2018

The community shop is thriving. Why? And what makes the perfect village store? We went in search…

Read more
Monday, October 15, 2018

From Jane Austen to Karl Marx, our towns and villages have fascinating links to some of the biggest historical celebrities. Viv Micklefield follows in their footsteps with the help of a blue plaque or two

Read more
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Our guide to some of the best Halloween events on offer across Hampshire this October

Read more
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

We round up 8 things you didn’t know about this little South Downs village

Read more
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Enjoy some easy walking around the Lymington to Keyhaven Nature Reserve says Fiona Barltrop

Read more
Monday, October 1, 2018

We round up some of the best events and things to do across Hampshire this month

Read more
Monday, September 24, 2018

Head to the Isle of Wight to enjoy the charming villages of Brighstone and Mottistone, taking in superb views, an ancient monument and enchanting gardens with our new walks writer, Fiona Barltrop

Read more
Monday, September 24, 2018

With the centenary of the end of World War One commemorated this year, the reopening of the iconic Royal Victoria Chapel, part of our military heritage, is timely

Read more
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

This year Winchester’s Theatre Royal celebrates the 40th anniversary of its re-opening as a performance theatre

Read more
Monday, September 17, 2018

Avon Valley, Beer and Cake is the ABC of why Ringwood, a busy market town on the western edge of the New Forest, makes a quirkily clever choice for a break away

Read more
Monday, September 10, 2018

Lego enthusiast Duncan Titmarsh has built his business brick by brick; from tinkering in his garden shed to internationally acclaimed sculptures

Read more
 
A+ South & South West

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy


Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today


subscription ad

Local Business Directory



Property Search