Chawton House Library, Chawton

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Chawton House Library collections focus primarily on women's writing in English from 1600 to 1830. The reading rooms are open to the public by appointment, and the house and grounds are open during the season (March-October) weekday afternoons and all day Sundays (11-5)
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  • The building is within easy walking distance from the House Museum of Jane Austin (10 minutes) and stands at the end of a long Avenue. The interiors and the furniture are well preserved. The library is really interesting. At the end of the tour you get to the kitchen, which is also well preserved, where you can sit down for a cup of tea. Adjacent to the building is the Church and the small country cemetery where they buried her mother and sister of Jane Austin. Tickets cost 4 pounds (2 pounds reduced).
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  • Very well worthwhile complement for those visiting Chawton to see Jane Austen's house. Evident the property's current primary function as a study centre for women authors; hence at the time of my visi...  more »
  • Gets less than third the visitors of "jane Austens House" and yet is actually the family home and the one where she spent more time and the land she was inspired by is here not her back garden opposit...  more »
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  • Loved this property! I initially thought you could only get access to the library but you can wander around the whole house which is dedicated to female authors. Well worth the money in my opinion.
  • Chawton House, grounds and library have for many years been my favourite place to visit. I have supported many of the events here and worked in the village. However I shall not be visiting again as I am so upset and disappointed that the trustees have decided to permanently remove the shire horses. These horses were part of the fabric of Chawton and I feel the decision is short sighted and shows a complete lack of creative thinking. These horses could have enhanced the income, not been a drain.
  • I have been visiting Chawton House for a couple of years now. The Library is a working education and research centre supporting students at every stage of their career and is home to an “important but neglected literary heritage of women writers”. Talks, conferences and performances related to the Library collection are held regularly, two that I found particularly entertaining were a talk on “The Contents of a Georgian Gentleman’s Pockets” and (most recently) a concert featuring Alexandra Lowe (Soprano) and David Owen Norris (Piano) performing divers compositions including the British premiere of a recently discovered piece jointly composed by Mozart and Salieri for Nancy Storace in 1785. For me personally, Chawton House is a National treasure; but if you are expecting a 'National Trust' type experience you may be disappointed.
  • I will no longer support Chawton House Library due to their devastating decision to permanently remove Shire horses from their property this week. It's the result of short-sighted greedy mismanagement, a betrayal of the commitment to operate a working farm in the village, and an insult to the lively, joyful spirit of Jane Austen herself. Chawton House Library Facebook posts and blog entries continue to use the likenesses of horses they evicted -- horses CHL said were too decrepit / expensive to keep -- to advance CHL's own agenda. A new low for CHL....CHL's emotional tone deafness never ceases to amaze. Isn't there a book Gillian Dow needs to go read instead of trolling people? I'm sure CHL will hide / block this post as they do everyone else, because as a library they don't have enough intellectual integrity to stop themselves from censoring the truth.
  • The staff were friendly. There were also volunteer guides explaining the history of the house to visitors.

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