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Godmersham Park was built in 1732, it was once the home of Edward Knight (nee Austen), brother to the novelist Jane Austen. The house itself is closed to the public but a public footpath runs through part of the estate, offering views of the House and Folly.

The Heritage Centre has a growing number of collections on the history of the area, including the archives of Rex Lancefield, the famous Kent historian. 

Items of interest include:

  • The Diaries of Fanny Knight (Jane's Niece)
  • William Harvey's Book - The Discoveries of Circulation on the Blood
  • Collection of Coins and Artifacts dating back to Viking Times

During your visit, you can also visit the St Lawrence the Martyr Church, and see the memorials of Thomas Knight and his Family (relations of Edward Knight). Or you can walk the North Downs Way to neighbouring Chilham, with its historic square, used in films such as Jane Austen's Emma. 

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Godmersham Park, Canterbury CT4 7DT, United Kingdom