Posted on November 2, 2021 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Major home repairs are typically neither easy nor cheap.

Next time you bemoan one, though, you might consider how much worse the staff at Jane Austen’s House Museum felt.

The Guardian reports that the historic house in Chawton, Hampshire, England, where Austen wrote her beloved novels needs to add more 30,000 handmade clay tiles to the roof, in such a way that contractors don’t disturb the rare bats that live on site.

The last piece of funding has finally been secured, meaning work can begin.

A gift of £85,597 (about $116,900) from Historic England and the Historic Houses Foundation has joined a previous fundraising campaign (£64,000, or about $87,400) and a grant from the Hampshire County Council (£85,000, or about $116,100).

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