Jane Austen: Celebrating Sense and Sensibility
A Pathfinders Tour
July 14-23, 2011
Saltram House, Robert Adam interior (National Trust)
Norland Park in Sense and Sensibility (1995)
“And how do you like Devonshire, Miss Dashwood?”
The 2011 JASNA-sponsored tour featured homes where Jane Austen lived, places she visited, and—in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Sense and Sensibility—locations mentioned in the novel and used in its film adaptations. The rich itinerary included visits to such Austen landmarks as the cottage in Chawton where she wrote her mature masterpieces as well as sites in Steventon, Bath, Lyme Regis, and Winchester. In the county of Devonshire and other areas in the south of England, participants visited sites linked to Sense and Sensibility and its film versions, including the village of Upton Pyne near Exeter, Saltram House in Plympton, Mompesson House in Salisbury, the Mayfair area of London, and much more. Please refer to the itinerary for trip details.
A JASNA-sponsored tour offers entrée to private homes and special events not available to the public. Participants took tea at Ibthorpe, the Georgian home of Jane’s friends Mary and Martha Lloyd; attended the Annual General Meeting of the U.K. Jane Austen Society; and toured Chawton Great House (now Chawton House Library). At the British Library in London, members saw Jane’s writing desk and had a private showing of her original letters and manuscripts. The tour was led by Anthea Bryant, a Jane Austen specialist and Blue Badge guide, and Carol Pippen, past editor of JASNA News and experienced tour escort.