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Written by Linda Fern
(3/16/2003 10:06 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Winchester, penned by Leif G-n
I have often wondered myself. As of about week ago I have a "place" at the Women's Writers Conference at Winchester, therefore I started studying all about Winchester in the Official Visitor's Guide for Winchester and a booklet "Jane Austen in Winchester" sent by a lovely Pemberley friend, [Thank you, Clare A]. The booklet was written by Frederick Bussy (Canon Residentiary, Winchester, 1991). On page 20 (Chapter title: The 150th Anniversary) it says: Then on the actual day of the anniversary, 18 July 1967, the Dean and Chapter, spiritual heirs of that capitular body whom she had petitioned to be allowed to be buried in the cathedral, themsleves paid their own tribute to her. [Emphasis mine] I have no idea where he got his information; there are no footnotes.
] I found that it had all been gone through very thoroughly in the JASNA website. But perhaps there is still a few questions that remains.
I shall have to also check all that out.
] Henry must have been the one that convinced the others. He knew that she was not just any sister, she was special, and she deserved special attention. And the family was good enough and had connectons with the church,to make it possible.
I love your description and would really like to think it is so.
] I have visited Winchester before and will probably do it again this year. I'm going to see if I can find a list of all who is buried in the Cathedral. That will show me if her burial there was exceptional at that time.
Something else I have wondered about. The Official visitor's guide says this: See the longest nave in Europe, the tombs of the early English kings, Jane Austen's tomb and other treasures including the world-famous Winchester Bible. [Emphasis mine.] I had seen pictures of her grave stone and diagrams of the cathedral and it seemed to be by itself, but in the picture linked below, scroll down to the section "At Winchester" to find a picture that shows two other stones right above hers. I remember that the Pemberley meeting visited the cathedral last year and JulieW and others could very well answer this question, but I never "got around" to asking.
] But I'm also going to look for another house connected with Jane, wich I was not aware of. In Dec.1814 she and her sister Cassandra went to Winchester (snip) But I believe the house still exists.
I don't know anything about this visit, but I will keep my eyes and ears open.
] By the way, Henry wrote a revised version of his biographical note on Jane for an 1834 edition. It would be interesting to se what he has omitted and added, if it could be found.
Yes, very interesting to know! Keep us posted, please. Now I must say a few words to Mary-L below.
|Ray's picture of Jane's stone|
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