Novelist, Charlie Lovett recounts his idyllic visit to Steventon and Chawton in the New York Times article,
Seeking Inspiration in Jane Austen's World". Lovett is the author of a new novel and tribute to Jane Austen,
Stroll through the Novels' Settings
Jane's novels Persuasion and Northanger Abbey are situated in Bath. You can stroll along The Gravel Walk and arrive at the Royal Circle to see fine residences. Characters in Persuasion went to the Royal Crescent and the Pump Room to see and be seen.
Even today you can shop in New Bond Street, Milsom Street and Cheap Street, which were made famous by Jane's novels, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey.
Participate in Georgian Society
|You can still drink the waters in the Pump Room, perhaps after lunch in the restaurant.
At the Assembly Rooms in the Octagon room you can imagine playing cards with friends and new aquaintances.
Charming in its rural setting, Chawton village is a lovely day trip to take from Winchester, by car, or by bus and a fifteen minute walk.
Jane Austen lived in Chawton cottage with her mother and her beloved sister, Cassandra. Her brothers often visited, and their memorabilia fill the restored home. JASNA members are welcomed with free admission.
A short walk from Chawton cottage is St Nicholas Church. In the yard are the graves of Jane's mother, Cassandra, who lived for 87 years, and her sister, Cassandra, who lived for 72 years.
Jane Austen lived in Winchester at the end of her life. She would have shopped on the bustling, historic Market Street. Perhaps she would have read the Hampshire Chronicle newspaper, established in 1772.
Jane Austen's house in Winchester is still a private residence. Prior to her death, she lived there for a few months to be closer to her doctor.
Close to Jane's home is the King's Gate leading into the Winchester Cathedral yard. The Cathedral rises magnificently as the centre-point of this ancient city.
Inside Winchester Cathedral
Jane Austen's five brothers paid for her to be buried under Winchester Cathedral. According to our guide, she was the last person to be buried there because of the rising water table. Her grave stone does not mention her writing, because she was not well-known in her lifetime. Later the memorial brass was added, which does recognize her as a great author. The memorial window celebrates St Augustine, a saint with a similar-sounding name. Now, the Jane Austen Society ensures fresh flowers are supplied every week in her memory.