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Jane Austen's House

A Grade I Listed Building in Chawton, Hampshire

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Latitude: 51.1331 / 51°7'59"N

Longitude: -0.989 / 0°59'20"W

OS Eastings: 470834

OS Northings: 137580

OS Grid: SU708375

Mapcode National: GBR B85.W73

Mapcode Global: VHDYB.TS06

Entry Name: Jane Austen's House

Listing Date: 31 July 1963

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1178917

English Heritage Legacy ID: 142304

Location: Chawton, East Hampshire, Hampshire, GU34

County: Hampshire

District: East Hampshire

Civil Parish: Chawton

Built-Up Area: Alton (East Hampshire)

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Chawton St Nicholas

Church of England Diocese: Winchester

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Listing Text

The entry was subject to a minor enhancement on 6 July 2017.


2/10 Jane Austen's House
G.V. I

Home of Jane Austen 1809 to 1817, now a museum. C18. Walls of Flemish bond,
with cambered arches to the ground floor, plinth. Hipped tiled roof, brick
dentil eaves, 2 flat-roofed dormers with sashes. South east front:
once symmetrical, of 2 storeys and attic; 5 above 2 wide windows; the central
upper window is now blocked, and below it the former entrance is a window, the
openings for wider windows to the ground-floor have been altered, the south side
being bricked up as a panel, and the north side made narrower. Sashes in exposed
frames. The doorway (north of the centre) has a moulded canopy on carved brackets
and a 6-panelled door. The long south-west elevation is similar, of 3 windows,
the Flemish bond being mathematical tiles; at the east
side is a Gothic sash. At the rear, the L-shaped block has 3 hipped roofs
behind the front, one extended to a lower eaves above the staircase. There
are 2 inscribed plaques at the front. Interior: much remains of the C18
plain interior (floors, fireplaces, doors, cupboards), with period furnishings,
other period features, and exhibition material, related to Jane Austen.
Jane Austen lived here with her sister, Cassandra, her mother and her friend Martha Lloyd
from 1809. In May 1817 Austen moved to Winchester for treatment for a short illness from
which she died on 18 July 1817. Her mother and sister continued to live at the house in
Chawton for the rest of their lives. It was here that the author revised the previous drafts
of her earlier works, including Pride and Prejudice, and wrote her later novels, including Emma.

Listing NGR: SU7083737583

This listing was enhanced in 2017 to mark the bicentenary of Jane Austen's death.

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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