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(source : Peter Finn)

Taking the train to Chawton to see Jane Austen's house


(L-R) : John and Margaret Morton, Zelda and Eugene, Maureen and John J Deeney, Andrew and Michael Byrne


A brief history of Jane Austen and the Museum
taken from http://www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk/

Jane Austen was born on the 16 December 1775 at the rectory in the Hampshire village of Steventon to the Reverend George Austen and his wife, Cassandra.

Jane, the seventh of eight children, had six brothers and one elder sister Cassandra. The family moved to Bath on her father's retirement in 1801. In 1809 she moved to this house (below) with her widowed mother and sister.

Until she was settled in Chawton none of Jane's work had been published. The period that she lived here was the most prolific and productive of her life. She revised Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, which she had written some years earlier, and then wrote Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion.

Late in 1816 she became ill and in May 1817 she and Cassandra rented rooms in Winchester to be nearer to her physician. There was no cure for the illness and she died on the 18 July 1817. She is buried in Winchester Cathedral.




The house was lived in by Mrs Austen and Cassandra until Mrs Austen died in 1827. Cassandra remained there alone until she died in 1845 when the house was divided into three cottages for farm workers. One hundred years later the house was bought by Mr T. Edward Carpenter in memory of his son, Philip, who was killed in the Second World War. He founded the Jane Austen Memorial Trust which owns and administers the house that was first opened as a museum in 1949.

 



(source : Peter Vale-Humphreys)

Michael Byrne

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(source : Peter Vale-Humphreys)

Peter Vale Humphreys, testing / tasting or toasting the wine

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(source : Peter Vale-Humphreys)

Mike, Andrew (front) and Zelda

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(source : Peter Vale-Humphreys)

Zelda and Peter

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(source : Peter Vale-Humphreys)

Andrew and Zelda

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(source : Peter Vale-Humphreys)

Peter in pensive mood