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Chawton House Library, Alton

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  • We enjoyed visiting Jane Austen's brothers house. It has been beautifully restored and has lots of interesting portraits in most of the rooms. There is also a tea room so you can buy hot drinks and a ...  read more »
  • What a wonderful piece of the past! This is now a library/center for women's studies but that does not at all detract from the feeling that you're seeing a great piece of history. The fact that this b...  read more »
  • Gives a fascinating insight into the lives and works of women authors from C17 onwards. Focus is on the links with Jane Autsen, obviously. Lovely garden, fernery will be lush when it matures. 
  • “Jane Austen often visited this house and you can visit it too!” Not many people know that this delightful house is open to public. Do not be confused by the name "library", for although it operates as a research centre and a library, it is also an impressive manor house with plenty of character, charm and history. In early 19th century it was a home of Edward Knight, Jane Austen’s brother, adopted by the wealthy Knight family who had no children of their own. It was Edward who kindly provided a cottage in Chawton village for his mother and two sisters that is now a world-famous Jane Austen's House Museum. Knights' Chawton House is now a research and learning centre for women’s writing and a visitor attraction, admittedly and sadly much less known. If you are visiting Jane Austen's House Museum, do take a short walk to the Village Church, pay respects to the graves of Jane's Mother and her beloved sister Cassandra and come to the Chawton House, which rich history goes back beyond the Norman Conquest. It just behind the Church. If you are lucky, you might be given a tour by no other than Jeremy Knight, a direct descendant of Edward Knight, (his great-great-great-great grandson). He is a guide like no other! Jeremy was brought up in the house and lived there with his family until 1988, he knows the house inside out, and talks about it with a great deal of knowledge and affection. Also he is a really lovely person and makes your visit truly enjoyable and special. After visiting the House don't forget to explore the gardens - they are extensive and delightful. After your tour treat yourself to a lovely cup of tea in the House's kitchen with a home-made cake. You will enjoy your day, I promise. (The House is open to public every day except Saturdays).
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