About Us

Welcome to Chawton House Library, an internationally respected research and learning centre for the study of early women’s writing from 1600 to 1830. Access to the library’s unique collection is for the benefit of scholars and the general public alike. Set in the quintessentially English manor house that once belonged to Jane Austen’s brother, Edward, the library, house and gardens – plus an always fascinating calendar of events – make Chawton House Library a very special and memorable place to visit and enjoy.

Chawton House Library is a member of The Heritage Collection in Hampshire’s South Downs National Park.


House and History

Edward Austen Knight - – Art, Furniture & Conservation


Chawton House’s gardens are part of listed parkland and have been restored to their former glory.

Picture Gallery

Take a look at our gallery with pictures from around the house and estate.

Trustees, Staff and Patrons

Stained Glass

Details of Trustees, staff, patrons and how to contact them.


The extensive and historic Chawton estate and parkland, part of the South Downs National Park.


- – Biographies of Women Writers
- – Library Access and Facilities
- – Library Blog
- – Library Links
- – Newsletter: The Female Spectator
- – Novels Online
- – The Hampshire Chronicle
- Sandford Award