P and G Wells, Booksellers, in College Street, Winchester ©Austenonly

P and G Wells, Booksellers, in College Street, Winchester ©Austenonly

Keeping to the theme of Jane Austen’s Bookshop…if you click here you will be taken to a page on the Winchester Bindery site to some photographs of the shops in College Street, Winchester which is now P. and G. Wells booksellers. During Jane Austen’s life time it was owned by John Burdon, and was the bookshop where Jane and her family had an account.

There is one photograph, taken circa 1860, which shows the shopfront as I imagine it must have appeared at the time when Jane Austen and her family knew it, in the late 18th early 19th century. Fascinating  to see,  and also to compare and contrast it with the modern shop front. The black and white photographs showing the interiors are astounding.