Jane Austen's House Museum


Jane Austen's House Museum is a small independent museum in the village of Chawton near Alton in Hampshire. It is a writer's house museum occupying the 17th-century house (informally known as Chawton Cottage) in which novelist Jane Austen spent the last eight years of her life. The museum has been a Grade I listed building since 1963.Jane Austen residencePreviously home to local farmers, the house was briefly a public house, The New Inn, between 1781 and 1787. The pub was the site of two murders, and after the second murder the house was let by Edward Austen Knight to a Bailiff Bridger Seward.The former steward's cottage was a gift of Jane's brother Edward Austen Knight to allow his mother and sisters to have a permanent residence. Jane Austen lived in the house with her mother, her sister Cassandra and a longtime family friend Martha Lloyd from 7 July 1809 until May 1817, when because of illness she moved to Winchester to be near her physician. She died in Winchester on 18 July 1817, though her mother and sister continued to live in the house until their deaths in 1827 and 1845 respectively.When she arrived at Chawton, Austen had written three novels in draft form; these were Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey. It is possible that she revised these novels at the house before getting them published. In addition, it was here that she wrote Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion.


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