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Jane Austen memorial bench sits pride of place

Visitors and residents of Winchester can once again admire the bench dedicated to Jane Austen which has now taken a prime position outside the Mayor’s official residence, Abbey House.


The Jane Austen 200 bench was commissioned by Winchester City Council and carved by local sculptor Nicola Henshaw to commemorate the 200 year anniversary of Austen’s death. The design was developed using ideas from the children at Winnall Primary School and was previously displayed outside Winchester College.


Cllr Caroline Horrill, Leader of Winchester City Council, said: “This unique addition to the Broadway enhances the welcome to the city and reminds people of Winchester’s rich history and links with the globally celebrated author, Jane Austen. “This new inclusion will enrich the local environment and ensure the city continues to develop for residents, tourists and businesses.”


Cllr Caroline Horrill (seated) and Nicola Henshaw with the bench

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