About two miles from Effingham , on our road, is GREAT BOOKHAM. On the chancel wall of the church is an incription, upon a stone showing that it was built by John Romerwick, abbot of Chertsey, anno 1340 in the parish of Bookham are several fine seats.

Text : A Statistical and Geographical Survey of the County of Surrey ( circa 1810) by George Alexander Cooke.

Jane Austen References

Jane Austen visited Great Bookham in 1799 and 1814 .   She went there to visit her mother’s relatives, the Reverend Samuel Cooke and his family. He was rector of Cotsford  in Oxfordshire and vicar of Great Bookham. He  was married to Cassandra Leigh Mrs George Austen’s cousin (who was her near contemporary and shared her unmarried name).The Reverend Cooke was Jane Austen’s godfather. Jane Austen’s knowledge of this area of Surrey was no doubt the inspriation for the setting of Emma.

The Letters

Letter to Cassandra Austen dated 8th January 1799

Letter to Cassandra Austen dated 11th June 1799

Letter to Cassandra Austen dated 15th June 1808

Letter to Cassandra Austen dated 26th June 1808

Letter to Cassandra Austen dated 30th June 1808

Letter to Cassandra Austen dated 13th October 1808

Letter to Cassandra Austen dated 10th January 1809

Letter to Cassandra Austen dated 31st May 1811

Letter to Cassandra Austen dated 3rd November 1813

Letter to Cassandra Austen dated 6th November 1813

Letter to Cassandra Austen dated 23rd June 1814