The church as Jane Austen knew it before the 1871 fire

The church as Jane Austen knew it before the 1871 fire

Photo: St. Nicholas Church, Chawton, Hampshire, Copyright © 2000 Chawton Parochial Church Council
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St Nicholas Church

Church of England (Anglican)

Chawton, Hampshire

England UK

This church dates from at least 1270 and has been closely related to nearby Chawton House. The churchyard is like an island in the estate's grounds. Jane Austen's brother Edward was adopted by the Knight family and inherited Chawton House. Jane, her mother and sister, came to live here and she revised and wrote all her novels while in Chawton. She worshipped regularly at St Nicholas; her mother and sister are buried in the church yard. The other church closely associated with Jane Austin is St Nicholas, Steventon.

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Photo: Aidan Simons <a href="http://www.thepilgrims.org.uk/" target="new" class="link">Pilgrimage Pages</a>
Photo: Aidan Simons <a href="http://www.thepilgrims.org.uk/" target="new" class="link">Pilgrimage Pages</a>
Parish sign: <i>A church has stood here since the 13th century, the first rector being instituted in 1289. The present building dates from 1872 . . . except for the chancel and sanctuary which survived the fire of 1871.</i>
Photo: Martin Baxter <a href="http://www.hampshirechurchwindows.co.uk/showchurch.php?id=182" target="new" class="link">Hampshire Church Windows</a>
Photo: Aidan Simons <a href="http://www.thepilgrims.org.uk/" target="new" class="link">Pilgrimage Pages</a>
The church as Jane Austen knew it before the 1871 fire