I feel a little sad that this is my last Jane Austen themed post for 2017. I have enjoyed Jane Austen Month and I hope you have to?
This last post contains places that I have been or want to go that have a connection to Jane Austen either directly or used as locations in movie or TV adaptations of her work. I have only listed a few as there are so many.
Jane Austen’s House Museum – I visited here about 7 years ago… maybe more! It was such a delightful place to visit. The little house is situated in Chawton a little village in Hampshire, not to be confused with Chawton House, where Jane Austen’s brother lived.
For those of you who love Jane Austen as much as I do there is a lot to see connected to the author including the little table where she is said to have written her books. Even though there is a lot to see it is not a trip that will take the whole day so why not combine it with something else. You could go to Chawon House or maybe Winchester.
Chawton House – This was the home of Jane Austen’s brother Edward Austen Knight. Jane would refer to it as the “great house”. The house was brought by a foundation in 1993 and it is now The Centre for the Study of Early Women’s Writing 1600 – 1830. I have not been to Chawton House yet, so I have nothing I can personally tell you, but they do have a website – Chawton House
Winchester Cathedral – This is where Jane Austen is buried and there is a lovely inscription on her stone in the floor of the Cathedral. There are three memorials to her in the Cathedral which are visited by thousands of people each year. It is strange to think that a woman who only had 4 people at her funeral now has regular visitors to her grave hundreds of years after her death.
Just round the corner from the Cathedral in College Street is a little yellow house with a blue plaque on. This is the house where Jane died in the arms of her beloved sister Cassandra. The house is not a museum and it is not open to the public in anyway. It is someones home so please be respectful.
Bath – It is one of my greatest annoyances that I have not yet got to Bath. There is so much in that one place associated with Jane Austen that it is a must for all Jane Austen fans.
Mr Darcy’s estate in Derbyshire is probably one of the most well known in English literature. Due to this each adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has a different Pemberley. One of the houses most associated with the great house is Chatsworth House and is claimed to have been the inspiration for Jane creation.
Chatsworth House – This was one of my favourite days out. I loved it. It is such a beautiful building and the grounds are very impressive. There is a Maze and a little Farm area. So, much to see and do.
Chatsworth House was used in the filming of the 2006 version of Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFayden. One of my favourite scenes in this movie is when Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) is in the room where all the marble statues are, which you get to see on the tour. This is the last room you get to see of the house and leads you into the gift shop. In the gift shop is the marble statue of Mr Darcy (Matthew MacFayden) which has a sign requesting that people do not kiss it.
Lyme House – This was the location used for Pemberley in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. I have not been to this house yet but once again it is on the list.
Sudbury Hall – This was one of the houses used for the interiors of Pemberley in the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice. I visited here in July 2017. I loved seeing all the rooms used in real life.
There is also a museum of Childhood located here which is also worth seeing.
There are so many other places I could mention however I will save that for another blog post.
Farewell Jane Austen Month, until you come round again (possibly December 2018?).