Jane Austen’s 200th anniversary service

Those wishing to follow the Pilgrims’ Way for its many associations with Jane Austen may want to start on or just after Tuesday 18 July.

This is the 200th anniversary of her death which is being marked by a special service of Evensong at Winchester Cathedral.

Jane Austen is buried in the cathedral where another is St Swithun whose day is observed four days earlier.

Jane had an affinity with Swithun whose feast falls a few days earlier on Saturday 15 July. Her parents were married at St Swithun’s in Bath in 1764. Jane worshipped there and her father is buried there.

The anniversary service at Winchester will begin at 5.30pm and include contributions from invited guests.

Tickets are free but should be booked in advance.

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