10.11.10

~A Walk with Jane Austen~

miss-austen 
"...Flowers are very much worn, and fruit
is still more the thing.
Elizabeth has a bunch of strawberries,
and I have seen grapes, cherries, plums,
and apricots.
There are likewise almonds and raisins,
French plums, and tamarinds at the grocers’
but I have never seen any of them in hats."
Jane Austen 1799

milkweed

Jane Austen loved a garden.  She took a keen interest
in flower gardening and kitchen gardening alike.
The Austens grew their own food whenever they could
and had flower gardens wherever they lived, at their
parsonage at Steventon in Hampshire, their town
gardens at Bath and Southampton, and when
they returned to Hampshire, at their cottage garden
at Chawton.  In Jane’s letters to her sister Cassandra,
we see her planning the details of these family gardens,
discussing the planting of fruit, flowers, and trees
with enthusiasm.  In the course of her life, she also
had the opportunity to visit many of the grander
gardens of England:  her brother’s two estates
at Chawton and Godmersham, the manor houses
of friends and family, and probably even the
great estate at Chatsworth, assumed by many
to be the inspiration for Pemberley…

So begins the book
“In the Garden with Jane Austen,”
by Kim Wilson,
author of Tea with Jane Austen,
published by Jones Books [2008]

Main Residences

Steventon
1775–1801: Steventon, Hampshire, U.K.
Steventon Rectory. The Rectory was demolished in 1820
but Steventon Church, where the Austens worshipped,
still remains. If you visit the field where the house
stood, you can see a metal pump (that replaced the
wooden pump from Austen's time) and a lime tree
that is thought to have been planted by Jane's eldest
brother James. Note that Jane spent some time away
from home during this time. In the Spring of 1783,
according to her family tradition, she and Cassandra
were sent to reside with tutor Mrs. Ann Crawley,
who lived in Oxford but moved to Southampton in
the Summer of that year. Around this time, Cassandra
and Jane both caught typhus; Jane nearly died.
Soon after, both girls returned to live at Steventon Rectory. Between the Spring of 1785 and December of 1786,
Jane and Cassandra attended Reading Ladies'
Boarding School in Berkshire.

view of bath abbey

1801–1806: Bath, Somerset, U.K.
Her family moved several times whilst in Bath.
Their addresses were as follows: 4 Sydney Place, at the eastern end of Great Pulteney Street (until 1804);
3 Green Park Buildings East (1804–1805);
25 Gay Street (1805); and Trim Street
(1806, house number unknown).
 

1806–1809: Southampton, Hampshire, U.K.
Jane, Cassandra, their widowed mother
(Cassandra Leigh Austen), Francis Austen, and
Mary Austen (maiden name Gibson) all moved to
lodgings in Southampton (October 1806).
They then all moved to 3 Castle Square (March 1807).
This was described as a “commodious old-fashioned”
house and was rented from the Marquess of Lansdowne.
The house no longer exists because the whole Castle Square area has been redeveloped.
 
jane-austens-house
1809–1817: Chawton, Hampshire
Chawton Cottage. This is now open to the public as the Jane Austen's House Museum.
last-house-winchester

1817: Winchester, Hampshire, U.K.

8 College Street. Jane and Cassandra moved here in
order for Jane to receive medical attention.
Although the house is still standing, it is a private house
that is not open to the public. A commemorative plaque
above the front door reads “In this house Jane Austen
lived her last days and died 18th July 1817”.

plaque on her last home
 Jane’s last poem written July 15th:
When Winchester Races.

When Winchester races first took their beginning
It is said the good people forgot their old Saint
Not applying at all for the leave of Saint Swithin
And that William of Wykeham’s approval was faint.

The races however were fixed and determined
The company came and the Weather was charming
The Lords and the Ladies were satine’d and ermined
And nobody saw any future alarming.–

But when the old Saint was informed of these doings
He made but one Spring from his Shrine to the Roof
Of the Palace which now lies so sadly in ruins
And then he addressed them all standing aloof.

‘Oh! subjects rebellious! Oh Venta depraved
When once we are buried you think we are gone
But behold me immortal! By vice you’re enslaved
You have sinned and must suffer, ten farther he said

These races and revels and dissolute measures
With which you’re debasing a neighboring Plain
Let them stand–You shall meet with your
curse in your pleasures
Set off for your course, I’ll pursue with my rain.

Ye cannot but know my command o’er July
Henceforward I’ll triumph in shewing my powers
Shift your race as you will it shall never be dry
The curse upon Venta is July in showers–’.


Keira strutting through a fieldKiera and groombridge

6 opmerkingen:

Hermes zei

Lovely post and good to see Bath. There is a good Jane Austen museum there.

Madelief zei

Hoi Anna,

Wat een mooi berichtje! Jane Austen is ook een van mijn favoriete schrijfsters. Bovendien kijk ik graag naar de verfilmingen van haar boeken.

Afgelopen zomer zijn wij in Bath geweest en hebben wij een bezoekje gebracht aan de Pump Room. Ook zijn wij door de straten gelopen die Jane beschrijft in haar boeken. Het Jane Austen Centre hadden we al een paar jaar eerder bezocht. Als je ooit nog in de gelegenheid bent is het zeker de moeite waard!

Een fijne dag & lieve groet, Madelief

Hélène GLEHEN zei

Hi Anna,
Love to meet another Jane's fan ! I have the books. They are delightful even if the author takes some liberty about the cosiness of the period. They are very inspiring.

bellis perennis zei

hoi Anna
Jane Austin ken ik niet heb nooit een boek van haar gelezen maar de volgende keer in de bib zal ik het is meenemen hoop dat er vertalingne zijn
groetjes Jacky

Jeri Landers zei

That was a lovely tour around Jane's world.
The two shots from the movie " Pride and Prejudice" remind me of how much I loved that theatrical version. Everything about it was marvelous,the costume, acting, scenery and especially Lizzies house! Superb! I think I am due for another showing, time to get out the DVD!

BeluBelloBelle zei

huhuhuhu i loved all the movie that remake based on her stories.

And i liked the posting u wrote here.
Thank you for beautiful sentences u put on it.

:D