Jane Austen’s home is about to get a makeover after public donations and a authorities grant helped increase sufficient money to safe the renovation.
In the final eight years of her life, Austen lived in Chawton, Hampshire — a village in England about two hours from London — in the home where she thought up classics like “Sense and Sensibility,” “Pride and Prejudice,” and “Emma.”
“Nobody can be more devoted to home than I am,” Austen wrote for the character Mrs. Elton in “Emma.”
The roof of the cottage was final up to date in 1948, shortly earlier than it opened to the general public as Jane Austen’s House Museum in July 1949.
In the previous year, employees on the museum have been working to increase money for the restoration of the historic establishment, which is visited by roughly 40,000 folks every year.
Nearly $90,000 has been collected by people who donated to a fundraising account.
“The roof is the most important part of any building, and the roof at Jane Austen’s House is more important than most. It was under these eaves that Jane sat as she worked at her tiny writing desk, creating her extraordinary characters and crafting her immortal plots,” the web site states.
More than 30,000 handmade clay roof tiles are wanted to restore the roof to its authentic glory. The home is taken into account a Grade I-listed property, with contractors additionally required to make sure the works don’t disturb the uncommon bats that share the location.
“It is truly excellent news that Jane Austen’s House has been awarded this grant,” Lizzie Dunford, director of the Historic England grant, mentioned in a press launch. “Thanks to this support, alongside that of Hampshire County Council and the thousands of people across the globe who have donated to our fundraising campaign, we can now restore the roof which sheltered Austen as she created some of the greatest masterpieces of English Literature and protect her treasured belongings and inspirational home for future generations.”