L.L. Diamond

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During Jane Austen Regency Week several years ago, a group of us drove out to Winchester hoping to go inside the cathedral and pay our respects to Jane. Little did we know there is a flower show held ever other year at the cathedral and it was closed down the day we went to set …

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I wish I could say that I was able to experience more than I did, but personal reasons interfered and I only managed two days of Jane Austen immersion this year. 😉 I understand from those present that the Regency Day was the best yet and that despite the heat, the ball was a success, …

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Chawton House was built in 1580 by John Knight and passed down through the Knight family until Sir Richard Knight, who died without male heirs. The house was then passed to Richard Martin, who then took the name Knight. The home then was inherited by Thomas Brodnax May, at which time, he changed his name …

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I had a great time! I may not have stayed for the entire week, but I always love Alton and Chawton and this time was no different! Jane Austen Regency Week is always the third week of June, so if you travel that Friday before to get there a day early, be careful of the …

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During Jane Austen Regency Week, we had a free day, so a group of us ventured to Winchester to the Cathedral so we could see Jane Austen’s grave and the house where she died. The drive in itself was lovely, and I enjoyed catching glimpses of the picturesque countryside as I drove along. Parking is …

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In my previous post, I went over the Alton portion of Jane Austen Regency Week and in this post, I shall cover the Chawton events and sights I was able to enjoy while in Hampshire. It is very difficult to find anything on the history of Chawton prior to Jane Austen. The fact that she …

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July is upon us and it’s definitely summer here in England–I have the sunburn to prove it! Anyway, as everyone has likely seen on my Facebook thread, I have returned from Jane Austen Regency Week with a ton of photos that I have posted. The group who attended from Austen Variations has posted their photos …

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The town of Alton began as a Saxon village first noted in historical record in 1101 and grew into a small market town by the 13th century. Today, it is a pleasant mix of old architecture and new with a unique feel and atmosphere. I visited Alton as a part of Jane Austen Regency Week …

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Well, perhaps not quite in her footsteps, but after almost five days wandering around Alton and Chawton in Hampshire and touring her home, I would say I likely trod on one of her paths! Most of you have probably seen the multitude of photos posted to social media and gotten glimpses of our week. I …

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