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‘I went up to the Great House between 3 & 4, & dawdled away an hour very comfortably.’ Jane Austen, 1814
Walk in Jane Austen’s footsteps as you visit the ‘Great House’ owned by her brother Edward where she spent much of her time here. Find out more
‘We four sweet Brothers & Sisters dine today at the Great House. Is not that quite natural?’ Jane Austen, 1815
See the table where Jane Austen dined with her family, and view her brother’s suit, travel journal and portrait. Plan your visit
‘Edward is very well and enjoys himself as well as any Hampshire born Austen can desire. – He talks of making a new Garden…’ Jane Austen, 1815
Our gardens include eighteenth-century features such as the Walled Kitchen Garden built by Edward Austen. Plan your visit
From children’s workshops and estate rambles, to exhibitions and evening talks, there is something for everyone in our events programme. Find out more
Enjoy tea and cake in our Old Kitchen tearoom and soak up the atmosphere of what was once the hub of the servants’ wing. Plan your visit
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Monday 25th September 2017 to Friday 27th October 2017

Exhibition: Pens, Paintbrushes & Pioneers: Portrait of a Woman Writer

Sunday 22nd October 2017

NGS Open Garden

Sunday 22nd October 2017

Garden Tour

Jane Austen's Great House
We are launching Reimagining Jane Austen’s ‘Great House’, an appeal to secure the future of this important historic and literary landmark.
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The Bank of Jane Austen

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13th October 2017

The Godmersham Lost Sheep Society

‘I am now alone in the library, Mistress of all I survey’ Jane Austen, letter from Godmersham Park, 1813 It’s #NationalLibrariesWeek, and a good time

11th October 2017

Jane Austen in Paradise

At the 2017 JASNA AGM in Huntington Beach, Gillian Dow gave the opening plenary lecture. In it, she discussed Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘Jane’s Marriage’, written

Speedy with new owner Joanne
28th September 2017

An update on one of our horses: Speedy

Many of our supporters will know the sad news that we recently bid farewell to our four heavy horses. Although it was sad to see