Chawton,  Hampshire - St Nicholas Church

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Notes in italics from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight by Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd (1967)
Yale University Press, New Haven and London.

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The setting of the church. It stands idyllically beside the drive leading up to Chawton House, about half a mile from the village. The village is best known as Jane Austen's final home, see below.

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St Nicholas Church. By Sir Arthur Blomfield, 1871. Old masonry only in the chancel. Flint, with a big SW tower. Three cross-gables to the N. The exterior looks 1850 rather than 1870 ... 
The churchyard contains the graves of Jane Austen's mother and sister.

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Interior. The church consist of nave, chancel, north aisle and sanctuary. The church being almost completely rebuilt after a fire in 1871, only the chancel would be recognisable to Jane Austen, along with some of the memorials on the walls and the large monument in the chancel: Sir Richard Knight died 1679. Good standing marble monument. Semi-reclining figure in armour. Big back display with trophies. The whole remarkably Dutch.

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Chawton House and Chawton Cottage

In Jane Austen's day, Chawton House was known as the Great House. It belonged to her brother Edward Austen Knight who was adopted by the childless Knight family and took their name when he inherited their estates. He was then able to provide Chawton Cottage as a home to his mother and sisters. This was Jane Austen's final home, from which all her novels issued during 1811-1817. 



Chawton Cottage - the website of Jane Austen's house and museum at Chawton

Jane Austen Places - the Astoft gallery, and links to many websites on Jane Austen

Alton - the nearest town to Chawton, with many houses frequented by or known to Jane Austen 

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