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Godmerhsam Park, Kent
Godmersham Park House in Kent was built in 1732 as the ancestral home of Thomas May Knight (b. 1701 - 1781). Educated at Balliol College, Oxford, Knight was a wealthy landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1734 to 1741, having previously served as the Sheriff of Kent in 1729. Thomas Knight was related to George Austen, father of the celebrated romantic novelist Jane Austen and her brother Edward. Unable to have children of their own, Thomas Knight and his wife Catherine 'adpoted' Edward when he was twelve years old, securing an entitlement as their legal heir.
Following Thomas' death in 1794, Godmersham Park passed into Edward's ownership making it his own family home until 1852. Jane was a frequent visitor to her brother's home often staying for weeks at a time. Inspired by the magnificent surroundings and grand occasions of Kentish society, literary historians believe that Godmersham Park may well have provided the backdrop for Mansfield Park and Persuasion, her last completed novel before she dies in 1817.
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