Cottage, formerly the home of his estate manager, rent-free for the rest of their lives.
There had been some talk of them moving to Kent, but Chawton was closer to friends and relations. Eldest brother James was still at Steventon, a horse-ride away, brother Henry made occasional visits to the branch of his bank in nearby Alton, and Frank when home from the sea was not very far away either (he soon moved his wife and family to Alton to be even closer to his mother and sisters). Henry inspected the cottage and reported back that there were six bedrooms, which meant there would be room for their friend Martha to move in with them. The cottage had a large garden, where the women grew fruit and vegetables and took gentle exercise. It was on a busy junction of three roads, with daily coaches passing through. Edward had a window on the road side blocked up, giving more privacy. Today the village is bypassed and much quieter.
Memorial to Cassandra Austen, Jane’s sister, who is buried in the churchyard at Chawton, a few minutes’ walk from Chawton Cottage.