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David Ford, History EditorTours > Winchester Cathedral

Tour the Winchester Cathedral
by David Nash Ford BA, Editor, History on Britannia

Jane Austen Memorial

Jane Austen, author of 'Pride and Prejudice' and 'Sense and Sensibility' died in College Street when she moved to Winchester to be near her doctor. Due to her family being largely one of Hampshire clergymen, she was able to arrange for her burial to take place in the Cathedral, which she is said to have greatly admired.

A plain, but wordy, slab marks her grave in the north aisle of the nave, though it makes no mention of her literary achievements. This oversight was amended by the erection of the adjoining brass plaque, from the profits of her biography, where it is declared that she is 'known to many by her writings'. Above is a memorial window, unveiled in 1900, which includes a figure of St. Augustine (or Austin) as a rebus of the family name.

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