Our last excursion in England was a visit to Jane Austen’s house in Chawton.
This is where she lived for the last several years of her life, and where she wrote Emma, Mansfield Park, and Persuasion.
Chawton cottage was given to the Austen women for the duration of their lives by Jane’s brother, Edward Knight, who had been adopted by rich people and inherited several properties.
Since this year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mansfield Park, they had several Mansfield Park displays. This one compares opinions of the book from contemporaries and visitors to the museum.
Some opinions are long and thoughtful, while others embrace the art of brevity. “Fanny is annoying. I like cheese.”
Jane Austen’s donkey cart, which would have been what she might have used to do shopping type errands.
The bake house oven, where they baked bread.
The kitchen, where other foods were prepared. They had a lavender sachet making station, so we made one to take with us. Mann, lavender.
Jane Austen’s writing desk.
The view from Jane Austen’s bedroom window.
A needle case made by Jane Austen. The Austen family seems to have been very handy with arts and crafts.
A writing case carved by Jane’s brother. This is what I mean by super crafty. Just look at this!
Sad thing. Jane Austen’s will. She had beautiful writing to the last.
And a last picture of us at the house:
Now, to Iceland!