This visit has been organised by Tony Colclough.
We shall visit Jane Austen’s home in Chawton, now the Jane Austen House Museum, where she produced most of her best work. After lunch we move on to Winchester Cathedral where she lies buried for a guided tour focusing on both her and on the waterlogged foundations of the ancient building and the challenges which they presented to its stability.
Jane Austen left us six great novels of the English literary canon which after 200 years still inspire interest as witnessed by a steady succession of costume dramas on film and television. Like those of Dickens, her characters and their worlds have become familiar to many who have never read her works. Jane spent her most productive years in the cottage at Chawton with her widowed mother, her sister Cassandra and their friend and helper Martha Lloyd. They kept house and she wrote. Their cottage is now Jane Austen’s House Museum and our first stop of the tour. Here she prepared for publication Sense and Sensibility (1811) and Pride and Prejudice (1813). Encouraged by their success, she devoted herself fully to authorship producing Mansfield Park (1814), Emma (1816) and Northanger Abbey and Persuasion both published posthumously in 1818. A seventh novel, later titled Sanditon, was uncompleted at her early death in 1817 at the age of 41. The Museum houses many relics of Jane and her family and well illustrates the domestic life of gentlefolk in the early nineteenth century. A short introductory film may be shown. Nearby stands the village church behind which you can find the graves of Jane’s mother and Cassandra. Next to the church is her brother’s home Chawton House, now a library specialising in women’s writing. For more: Ctrl+Click https://www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk/
Following lunch at The Greyfriar in Chawton, we move on to Winchester Cathedral some twelve miles away where Jane lies buried in the nave. Her stone claims her for the faith, but makes no mention of her literary achievements! A guided tour of the Cathedral will be provided taking in Jane’s memorial and the intriguing story of the building’s soggy foundations and how they were underpinned by the diver William Walker.. Her final home stands nearby to which she moved in her last illness to be close to her physician. Those who do not know Winchester will find much else to see in the Cathedral and the City Centre. For more Ctrl+Click: http://www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk/
Where and when to meet.
Assemble from 10:30 at Cassandra’s Cup Tea Rooms just opposite the Jane Austen’s House Museum for refreshments. Its address is The Hollies, Winchester Road, Chawton , Alton, Hampshire GU34 1SB. We aim for an 11:00 start at the Museum. For more: Ctrl+Click http://www.cassandrascup.co.uk/
At the Cathedral, we meet ca. 14:30 at the Entrance Desk identifying ourselves as Retired Members of the Institute of Physics. There we shall be introduced to our guide. Enter by the main entrance on the left at the west front. Do not pay; this will already have been done.
Getting there – to Cassandra’s Cup and the Jane Austen’s House Museum
By road from London: Set GU34 1SB on your SatNav. Otherwise take: .
M25 Junction 10 onto A3 towards Guildford.
Follow A3 along Guildford bypass and on to A31.
Follow A31 past Farnham and Alton.
At Chawton roundabout (A31/A32) Jane Austen’s House is signposted.
Parking: Free parking in the public car park opposite the Museum beyond the pub car park. Please do not park on the street.
By Public Transport: Trains from London Waterloo run hourly to Alton.
Bus connection (Route X64) from Alton Railway Station to Alton Butts. Then take a 12 minute walk down Winchester Road to Chawton Village.
Getting there – from Jane Austen’s House Museum to Winchester
We hope that drivers with spare places will kindly offer to take any fellow members without transport.
There are numerous public car parks in Winchester, but I suggest setting your SatNav to SO23 9PG where there is street parking in Kingsgate Road around The Queen Inn. From there it is easy to walk to the Cathedral.
We lunch at The Greyfriar opposite the Museum in Chawton where a table is being reserved for us at 12:30. At the time of writing (March 2018) a set menu is offered at £15 for two courses and £18 for three as well as an a la arte menu. In order to facilitate the service, we may be asked to order in advance. For more Ctrl+Click: https://thegreyfriar.co.uk/
10:30 for 11:00 Assemble at Cassandra’s Cup, Chawton, opposite Jane Austen’s House Museum
11:00 See Museum and Chawton
12:30 Lunch at The Greyfriar in Chawton
13:45 Travel to Winchester
14:30 Meet our guide at Winchester Cathedral for a tour
16:00 Refreshments at the Cathedral Café prior to Departing
Cost: £15:00 per person covering entry charges and the Cathedral tour.
Maximum number: 30
Contacts: Organiser, Tony Colclough, can be contacted by mobile on the day (07930 171307) and, beforehand, on firstname.lastname@example.org . Late arrivals Just go to the Museum Reception and explain that you are part of the IOP party. We should be easy to find.
You can pay either by cheque or by bank transfer. It is possible to pay for several places on one transaction.
Cheque: make your cheque payable to The Institute of Physics (not IOP) and send them to:
Tony Colclough (REMS)
34 Sugden Road
Surrey KT7 0AE
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If you are paying for several events with one cheque, please write them all.
Bank transfer: IOP Bank details are as follows:
Account Name: Institute of Physics (GBP)
Sort Code: 40-14-13
Account Number: 82403552
Bank Name: HSBC Bank plc
Bank Address 62 George White Street, Cabot Circus, Bristol BS1 3BA
IBAN: GB15MIDL. 40141382403552
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