Hosted by Wyards Farm B&B, Beech
Monday 20 June 2022
From 1pm until 5pm
Tour & Cream Tea £16.00
Cream Tea only £12.00
includes transport from Alton Community Centre
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The house was known to Jane Austen because of the Lefroy connection. The Jane Austen Society wrote in 1958 on the matter:
"Wyards is a house of Hampshire, red brick, of mediaeval foundations with Tudor additions; it received its present appearance in the 1680's except that in the 18th century, sash windows were added though the leaded casements were retained. Wyards has the particular interest that it was a house well known to Jane Austen during the last two years of her life. In 1815, it was a farm-house, and part of it was rented by young Mr. and Mrs. Ben Lefroy. The latter had been Anna Austen, the daughter of Jane's eldest brother James by his first wife. Anna's connection with her aunt was extremely close. When she was left motherless at two years old, she was sent to Steventon Rectory where she was the special care of her aunts Cassandra and Jane, then twenty-one and nineteen."
The current owners are Ann and William Monk. William is a distant relation of the Lefroy family but did not know their connection with Wyards until they had moved in. That's what you call provenance!
We have 3 combined house tours and cream tea at £15.00 per person including transport via minibus from Alton Community Centre. For those who would just like to have a cream tea in the lovely garden at Wyards, we have 1 cream tea-only session at £10.00 per person including transport via minibus from Alton Community Centre.
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