Inquiring Readers, Tony Grant visited Chawton on his way to Southampton on a gorgeous day in early March and sent on these photos. Below his recent images, I added a few that he took several years ago of the cottage’s interior. Enjoy.
We are all familiar with this corner view of the cottage, which faces the road. Jane could hear the carriages rattle by. Image @Tony Grant
In this image one can readily see the window that Jane’s brother, Edward, had installed in the drawing room. It overlooks the walled in garden. Image @Tony Grant
In this image, you can see the window in the drawing room that Edward had blocked up (right), which faced the road and afforded little privacy, and the fancier window facing the garden. Image @Tony Grant
Life in the village didn’t offer much in the way of variety. Edward’s windows created a lively scenario, in which a curious Mrs. Austen, upon hearing a commotion (or carriage), would rush from the drawing room to the dining room to watch the goings on.
View from the garden. One sees how close the village houses are opposite the cottage. Image @Tony Grant
View of the garden. What a lovely spot to sit and reread one’s writing, or plot one’s novel. Image @Tony Grant
All Janeite roads lead to Chawton Cottage. Image @Tony Grant
One is impressed with the coziness of this village and how easy it must have been for Jane and Cassandra to get around on foot.
Cassandra’s Tea Room, across Chawton Cottage, a modern establishment that is popular with visitors. Image @Tony Grant
Cassandra’s Cup tea rooms. Image@Tony Grant
During Tony’s previous visits, he took photographs of the garden in summer and the village and other cottages.
Standard roses. Chawton Cottage Image@Tony Grant
Chawton dog rose. Image@Tony Grant
Jane described the syringa in the garden. Chawton Cottage Image@Tony Grant
Tony (l) and his friend Clive sit under the fir tree. Image@Tony Grant
Cottages and gardens in the village. Image@Tony Grant
Fireplace in Jane’s and Cassandra’s shared bedroom. Chawton Cottage Image@Tony Grant
The bed with the diamond pane quilt that Jane helped to sew. Chawton Cottage Image@Tony Grant
The dining parlour, which looks out on the street and where Jane wrote her novels. The china ware, which once belonged to Edward, has since been auctioned off. You can just glimpse her writing table with pen at the far right. Chawton Cottage Image@Tony Grant
The stairs outside Jane’s room. Chawton Cottage Image@Tony Grant
The courtyard. Chawton Cottage Image@Tony Grant
Out buildings in winter. Chawton Cottage Image@Tony Grant
This image was taken by Keith Mallet and sent to me in 2009. It is a view of the outbuildings from Jane’s bedroom window.
View from Jane’s window. Image @Keith Mallet
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