Winchester Cathedral is proposing to erect a statue of Jane Austen in the Cathedral Close to mark the 250th anniversary of Austen’s birth in 2025.  The Cathedral has set up a website explain the proposal here: and has established an email address to use to make a comment: mailto:  Comments must be received by the end of February 2024.

A public consultation will be held on Monday 26thFebruary at 2pm in The Wessex Centre to discuss Martin Jenning’s memorial sculpture of Jane Austen.  If you would like to attend, please register your interest by email to