Chawton Manor and Its Owners
A Family HistoryBook - 2014
Chawton House is famous today as the home of Jane Austen's brother Edward, who was adopted by a wealthy relative, Thomas Knight, and inherited his Hampshire estate. Edward offered the former bailiff's cottage close to the great house to his mother, who lived there with her unmarried daughters Jane and Cassandra. The house is now a study centre and library, for women's writing especially, but when this book was published in 1911 the building was still the Knight family home. Montagu Knight, the grandson of Edward, supplied material from the archives of the manor, while the book was largely written by his cousin William Austen Leigh, the son of Jane's nephew and memorialist. It covers the history of the manor from the Norman Conquest to the death of the second Edward in 1879, and, apart from the Austen connection, is a fascinating illustrated history of a typical English parish.
Publisher: [Cambridge, England : New York, N.Y.] : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Branch Call Number: 929.2 AU75
Characteristics: 219 pages, 21 unnumbered leaves of plates :billustrations, maps, genealogical tables ; 23 cm