Cultural East Hampshire

Cultural East Hampshire

East Hampshire has a rich literary heritage, and was once home to novelist Jane Austen. It also has a thriving arts and music scene, and a number of historic homes and estates.


  • Part of Jane Austen's prolific literary life was spent in Chawton, where you can visit the Jane Austen's House Museum.
  • The exquisite window in All Saints Church, Steep, commemorates local poet Edward Thomas.
  • John Keats was inspired to write some of his finest verse in the chapel at Stansted House, Rowlands Castle.
  • Flora Thompson, author of 'Lark Rise to Candleford', was inspired by Weavers Down and the Holly Hills near her home in Liphook.
  • Selborne was home to naturalist, the Reverend Gilbert White, whose 'The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne' has been continuously in print since its publication in 1789.

Find out how to follow in the footsteps of some of these literary greats on our walking page.

Arts and crafts

History and heritage

  • The Heritage Collection is a new partnership of attractions with literary or historical interest.
  • The Petersfield Museum and the Flora Twort Gallery hold exhibitions on local history, historic costume and work by the local artist Flora Twort.
  • St Hubert’s Church, Idsworth, in its tranquil South Downs National Park setting, is affectionately known as the Little Church in the Fields, dates back to the 11th century and is famous for its medieval wall-painting.