4 Must See Places for the Jane Austen Fan to Visit in England
If you are a member of the International Austen Society, a Jane Austen aficionado, or even just a connoisseur of historical English architecture there are several “must see” places for you to visit while in England.
Rosings Park, also known as Burghley House in Stamford, Lincolnshire.
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Burghley House is considered to be the grandest house ever created in the Elizabethan Age. The house was built over a period of thirty-two years. Begun in 1555 and completed in 1587, Burghley House was the life’s work and great pride of Sir William Cecil. The house was built using oolitic limestone from the local Kingscliff quarry, and was to hard and sturdy that the house still shows the identifying marks of the masons who built it.
Burghley House was used in the 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice as the home of Lady Catherine de Bourgh. The house’s magnificent front and exquisite interiors make it the perfect home for such an austere and imposing lady. The village at Stamford is also used in the film as the location of Merryton.
Pemberly, otherwise known as: “Chatsworth House” in Derbyshire
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Chatsworth House is the residence of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and part of England’s National Trust. The house was begun in 1553 and completed in the latter part of the 1560’s. It has been the traditional seat of the Duke of Devonshire (family name Cavendish) since that time. The house was remodeled from an Elizabethan style to a Victorian style in the 1800’s so most of the interiors (excluding the grand staircase) were shot elsewhere to keep with the styles of the Regency period. The grounds, the exterior, and the countryside were all filmed at this beautiful location. The house with its grand exterior, yet soft countryside truly matches the cautious vulnerability of Matthew MacFaydon’s Mr. Darcy.
Wilton House in Salisbury
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Incidentally, interiors were shot at Wilton House, estate of the rather gorgeous Earl of Pembroke, someone who quite frankly appears to have stepped from an Austen novel himself! Wilton House is the county seat of the Earls of Pembroke for over 400 years. The state rooms of Wilton House are considered among the finest in England. The coffered ceiling of the Double Cube Room’s has a depiction of the Perseus story that was painted by Thomas de Critz and considered by many to be a national treasure.
Lyme Park in Cheshire.
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Lyme Park, another “Pemberly” was used in the famous BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. Originally a Tudor Age house, it got an “Italianate” upgrade and is the location of the famous “lake scene” that made Colin Firth a sex symbol and Lyme Park one of the most visited sites in all of England!
Lyme Park is another Elizabethan home that received an Italianate upgrade. The first upgrade in the 1720’s gave the house some Georgian style features, such as Palladian windows, and the second which began in the nineteenth century produced a more Italian-style that is consistent with estates across England. While an impressive structure it is the gardens that received a high grade by the National Register of Historic Parks for their beauty and upkeep.
There are Austen Tour companies that specialize in taking guests through these and other locations, but if you want to plan the tour yourself here is an excellent starting point.