Have you ever wondered about the locations where Jane Austen’s stories took place? Pride & Prejudice unfolded in Derbyshire and Kent while Persuasion, the last book written by Jane, was set in her final resting place of Bath. Jane was strict about only writing about places where she knew the locations and advised younger writers to do the same. It added authenticity to writing each piece.
The Smithsonian writes about Chatsworth House in Derbyshire that, “Before “Downton Abbey” there was Mr. Darcy’s Pemberley, and even a chagrinned Elizabeth Bennet could not deny the house’s charms. “She had never seen a place for which nature had done more,” writes Austen. “At that moment she felt that to be mistress of Pemberley might be something!” Some scholars credit the palatial Chatsworth House—home of the Duke and Duchess of Cavendish for 16 generations—as Austen’s inspiration behind the fictional estate. In fact, the 2005 film version of Pride & Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley, cast Chatsworth in the role. Visitors can peruse the house’s 30 rooms, stroll the 105-acre garden or take in the extensive private art collection—including the dramatic sculpture gallery featured in the Hollywood film.”
For the complete Smithsonian article, click on How to Tour Jane Austen’s English Countryside.
To locate important places in Jane Austen novels, real and imaginary, click on Important Places in Jane Austen Books.
Artwork of Chatsworth House by Gayvin Powers.