In the footsteps of Jane Austen in Chawton

Every body is very much concerned at our going away,
and every body is acquainted with Chawton and
speaks of it as a remarkably pretty village...

Jane Austen to her sister Cassandra
9 December 1808



In 1809 Jane Austen moved with her sister Cassandra and their mother to the small village in Hampshire.

Jane Austen´s House Museum

Edward Austen Knight, Jane Austens brother, offers the three ladies to live in a house in Chawton, for them known as "the Cottage".

The house is nowadays full of delightful objects of the Austen Family: notebooks, sewing things, the beautiful quilt (which Jane Austen, her sister Cassandra and their mother made of old clothes) and many more. There is also a large museum shop, where every Janeites´s heart beats faster and the vacation fund bleeds ;-)

... every body knows the House we describe,
but nobody fixes on the right.

Jane Austen to her sister Cassandra
9 December 1808


Jane Austen House Museum

DER Tisch :-)
THE writing table :-)

Drawing Room

Drawing Room

Cassandras Cup Tea Rooms

Winchester Road, Chawton

Across the street you can find the cutest tea and coffee house, in which we ever have been. White chairs, kitschy tablecloths, a lot of cute deco (you can buy some of them); even a wonderful collection of cups hangs down from the ceiling! Apart from the interior, the bakery and indeed the Afternoon Tea are delicious. We recommend to plan a visit at Cassandras Cup!

You know how interesting the purchase
of a sponge-cake is to me.

Jane Austen to her sister Cassandra
17 June 1808


Cassandras Cup Tea Rooms

Cassandras Cup Tea Rooms

Afternoon Tea


Chawton House

Thomas and Catherine Knight adopt Janes brother Edward in 1783 and he becomes heir to the manor.

The Great House is nowadays known as Chawton House Library and houses a library with focus on female british writers from 1600 to 1830. When you attend a guided tour through the house, you can see many, many pictures of the family. But you can also see the seat, which is supposed to be Janes favourite place; a wonderful place at the window, from which you have a lovely view to the whole way to the house and to the church. So why should she not want to sit there?

And you should take some time for the beautiful garden, which is now being reconstructed after old plans by Edward Austen Knight.

He talks of making a new garden;
the present is a bad one and ill situated, near Mr Papillon´s;
he means to have the new, at the top of the lawn behind his own house.

Jane Austen to her brother Frank
3 July 1813


Chawton House Library

Chawton House Library Garden

St. Nicholas Church and Chawton House Library

Chawton House Library

St. Nicholas Church

The St. Nicholas Church lies on the way to the Chawton House Library. On the little churchyard you can find the gravestones of Cassandra and their mother.


St. Nicholas Church
St. Nicholas Church

St. Nicholas Church

Tombstones of her sister Cassandra and their mother
Memory of
who died the 18th day
of January 1827,
aged 87 years.
Memory of
who died the 22nd day
of March 1845
aged 72 years.

The French Horn

Whitedown Lane, Alton

Already in Jane Austens time „The French Horn“ was a pub. But you can assume that the Austen-ladies have never been there. Quite the contrary to us – we spent many evenings there :-)


The French Horn


Waiting for...

... delicious desserts: Cheesecake and Brownies :-)

Through the Fields

For us, the prettiest of Chawton can be found away from the streets and houses. We walked – like Elizabeth Bennet – along a beautiful footpath through the fields and meadows.

Around Chawton and Alton there are many possibilities for a walk; e.g. Mingledown Woodland, from Chawton to Upper Farringdon (both walks see below). Longer walks are described in the book „Walks from Alton“, by „Alton Ramblers“.

Important while walking through fields, meadows and woods is to be respectful towards animals (needless to say), towards land owners (stay on the marked footpaths, shut the fences or leave them as you found them) and of course towards the nature (do not leave garbage, do not cut or take plants with you!).

Elizabeth continued her walk alone, crossing field after field at a quick pace,
jumping over stiles and springing over puddles with impatient activity,
and finding herself at last within view of the house, with weary ankles,
dirty stockings, and a face glowing with the warmth of exercise.

Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen


Mingledown Woodland


Behind the public parking area is an old forest with a little footpath (appr. 20 min.). It is told that Jane Austen walked very often through this forest - the land belonged to the estate of her brother Edward.


Mingledown Woodland

Mingledown Woodland

Mingledown Woodland

Mingledown Woodland

From Chawton to Upper Farringdon


The Winchester Road in Chawton ends after the Chawton House Library into a footpath and goes along the A32, across a large field, over a little hill straight to Upper Farringdon.

There is a little church in Upper Farringdon: the „All Saints Church“. The yew trees in front of the church are supposed to be 2.000-3.000 years old!

And there is also „The Rose & Crown Inn“ in Upper Farringdon. The beerhouse is supposed to be built in 1810 by Jane Austens brother Edward:

Harriet Benn sleeps at the Great House tonight and spends tomorrow with us;
and the plan is that we should all all walk with her to drink tea at Faringdon...

Jane Austen to her sister Cassandra
29 May 1811


From Chawton to Farringdon

View towards St. Nicholas Church and Chawton House Library

The Rose & Crown Inn;
Upper Farringdon

Eiben vor der All Saints Church, Upper Farringdon

Travelling to Alton:

  • by coach from Heathrow Airport to Winchester
  • or by train from London Waterloo to Winchester
  • further by bus (64, X64) from Winchester Bus Station to Alton
    (September 2010: £4,80)
  • further walk along the Jane Austen Trail from Alton to Chawton

More Links:

Jane Austen Trail

Jane Austen Regency Week

The Greyfriar Pub, Chawton


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What are men to rocks and mountains? Oh! What hours of transport we shall spend! And when we do return, it shall not be like other travellers, without being able to give one accurate idea of any thing. We will know where we have gone; we will recollect what we have seen. Let our first effusions be less insupportable than those of the generality of travellers.

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