Chawton House Library, Chawton House, Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1SJ

Chawton House Library is a rare books library containing over 9,000 titles from the period 1600-1830. Focusing on early English women's writing, it contains manuscript and print material, and is open Monday-Friday 9.30-16.45 to all readers with an appointment. On Thursday the 11th of September, visit this Elizabethan manor house that once belonged to Jane Austen’s brother in the village of Chawton in Hampshire. Exhibitions will focus on Jane Austen's reading, and on Maria Graham (1785-1842), an important woman travel writer who published several volumes on her voyages to South America. In commemoration of the centenary of the First World war, there will be a small exhibition on World War 1 and its impact on estates similar to that of Chawton House. Refreshments and light lunches will be available to purchase in the Old Kitchen.

This event took place in September 2014 and the entry is now archived.


Wheelchair access to lower floor of the house only. Floors are uneven so please be careful when exploring the house.

Additional information

Chawton House Library, a registered charity based within the South Downs National Park in Hampshire, UK. Concentrating on education and heritage, the charity holds a unique collection of early women’s writing circa 1600–1830. As well as promoting study and research on women’s writing, the charity’s educational remit includes protecting and conserving the Elizabethan house and grounds, and maintaining a rural English working manor farm of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, managed using traditional, organic farming methods.


We are close to Jane Austen House Museum in Chawton. Follow the sign post on the village green to St Nicholas Church and Chawton House.


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Date last modified: 23rd July 2014 at 09:54

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