My next encounter was in Derbyshire. I was there to visit my brother who lives in Matlock and just opened the most stunning guest house. There are many stately homes and locations in Derbyshire that were used for various adaptations of Austen's novels. This is where I consciously began looking for Jane. Well, if she was going to be part of my life, I may as well learn more about her. I did a little research and learned that she revised Pride and Prejudice in Derbyshire. Jane stayed in The Rutland Arms, Bakewell, to complete this revision, where she stayed in room number two. She was said to have visited Chatsworth House nearby and was enthused by the amazing scenery the Peak District had to offer.
Jane also lived in Oxford, Bath and Chawton. These are also places I would like to visit in the future. Jane spent twelve years of her life in Chawton. The telegraph published this quick video for the anniversary.
My next stop was Winchester, this was where I finally found Jane, she had moved there in May 1817. Sadly, the reason for this was because she needed to be near her physician. Jane had been noticeably ill for at least a year previous to this. On July 18th 1817 Jane died at the age of 41. It was here in Winchester cathedral that she was buried. There is an exhibition dedicated to her in the cathedral.
On the 21st February 2013 Royal Mail released a limited edition stamp set dedicated to this 200 year anniversary. They are available to buy here. I've ordered my presentation pack, I got in quick because it's not clear how long they will be available for.
I just finished reading Pride and Prejudice for the second time. This is my favourite Jane Austen book. Most of Jane's books are available to download FREE on Kindle from Amazon.
If you are a Jane Austen fan you can learn more about her here.
Happy Anniversary Jane! Here's to another 200 years.