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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 12th June 2017 to Sunday 24th September 2017

Exhibition: Fickle Fortunes

Monday 25th September 2017 to Friday 27th October 2017

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

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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Our September Podcast is now available!

Our round up of this month’s news, events and highlights at Chawton House Library.

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23rd September 2017

The Great Knight Bakeoff... fail

Spurred on by the abundance of apples in our Walled Garden, one of our staff decided to try a recipe from the Knight Family Cookbook.

20th September 2017

Award Success for Chawton House Library

Sandford Award 2017 For the third time Chawton House Library has won a Sandford Award for Heritage Education. This prestigious prize is awarded once every five

6th September 2017

Tales from the garden: August

Monthly garden update: August As Autumn begins in earnest, Garden Manager Andrew Bentley reflects on the end of summer Generally in the gardening world August