Jane in The Close


Jane Austen is among the best known and loved writers in the English Language.  She lived in Hampshire for most of her life, spending the last few weeks in Winchester, where she is buried.

The bicentenary of Austen’s death presents an opportunity to mark her life definitively, to seal her place in the rich and complex identity of Winchester and create a lasting memorial to her literary genius.

We have therefore commissioned the renowned sculptor Martin Jennings to create a statue of Jane Austen for the Inner Close of the Cathedral, a landscape which has changed little since her days.

By celebrating Austen’s achievements with a work of this quality and grace we will play our part in helping to give lasting recognition to a great figure in English history, and make Winchester a point of pilgrimage and destination for the multitude of her readers and admirers across the world.

We have produced a promotional video to bring the project to life:


To recognise the importance of this project, both Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council are supporting the project with founding pledges.

We invite you to become a supporter of this important project by making a donation towards our £250,000 target. All donations will be gratefully received.

Make a Donation

You can donate online via Just Giving.

Become a Donor

You can also show your support for this project by becoming a donor. There are three levels, inspired by places in Pride and Prejudice.

Longbourn Donor
A donation of £1,000. Your name on our website.

Netherfield Donor
A donation of £5,000.  Your name on our website and a limited edition photograph of the statue of Jane Austen, signed by Martin Jennings.

Pemberley Donor
A donation of £10,000.  Your name on our website, a limited edition photograph of the statue of Jane Austen, signed by Martin Jennings, and a private tour of his studio in Oxfordshire to see the work in progress, with lunch or tea.

If you are interested in becoming a recognised donor, please contact Zoe Seenan, Director of Fundraising, on 01962 857741 or e-mail zoe.seenan@winchester-cathedral.org.uk

Download our Jane in the Close leaflet