Jane Austen anniversary day

Tuesday 18 July is the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death in Winchester.

The novelist, who is buried in the cathedral, will be remembered at Choral Evensong with music familiar to her and a hymn based on a prayer written by her.

Earlier in the afternoon, Bank of England staff will be in the cathedral to unveil the new £10 note featuring Jane Austen.

Visitors will be allowed to handle the note which enters circulation in September.

The design features places associated with Jane Austen along the Pilgrims’ Way: her Chawton house writing table and her brother’s home Godmersham Park, near Canterbury, which became the inspiration for a number of her novels.

To visit the bank note exhibition (2.30pm-5pm) and attend evensong (5.30pm) on this special day it is necessary to book free via the cathedral box office (01962 857275).

Godmersham Park seen from the Pilgrims’ Way


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