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Commemorations take place at Jane Austen's Hampshire home

Credit: ITV news

Chawton in Hampshire - the home of Jane Austen - is to mark the 200th anniversary of the author leaving her cottage prior to her death. Television historian Lucy Worsley will mark the occasion by laying flowers at a memorial plaque outside the house. She will also read the last letter Jane wrote from Chawton detailing her ill health and her plans to soon leave for Winchester. The memorial plaque was originally unveiled on the centenary of Jane Austen's death on 18th July 1817. To mark 200 years since Jane Austen's death, the Museum has also launched Jane's Fund, an appeal to restore and protect her home.