Chawton villagers celebrate Jane Austen bicentenary

Thousands of people have been following in the footsteps of Jane Austen as her former village in Hampshire commemorates 200 years since her death.

The author's home in Chawton joined others in the village to open their gardens to the public.

Many of the gardens displayed scarecrows.

The celebrations are part of Regency Week which officially opens in Alton next weekend.

Open Gardens organiser Flair Kitchling and Imogen Poole from Jane Austen's House Museum told Meridian what the writer's association means to the village: