Jane Austen and Hampshire: Attractions and Locations
Jane was born on the 16th December 1775 at the village of Steventon in North Hampshire where her father was the vicar of the small 12th century church. Steventon Rectory is where Jane spent the first 25 years if her life.
In 1805 Jane’s father sadly passed away and Jane, her mother and sister Cassandra moved to Southampton. Jane found living in a city challenging after growing up in the countryside but she often spent time walking along Southampton city walls and taking excursions to Netley Abbey and the River Itchen. It’s also believed that whilst Jane was living in Southampton she travelled up Beaulieu River, passing Buckler’s Hard and Beaulieu Abbey in the now New Forest National Park and also danced in Southampton’s Dolphin Hotel.
Jane often travelled to Portsmouth to visit her brothers, Francis and Charles, who were stationed there with the Royal Navy.
From 1809 until 1817 Jane lived in the beautiful village of Chawton near Alton where Jane's brother owned Chawton House. Jane's brother offered Jane, Cassandra and their mother a house in Chawton Village which is now know as Jane Austen's House Museum. Back in the countryside Jane turned again to writing and produced her greatest works, plus revising previous drafts of Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion.
In 1817 Jane became ill and moved to a house in College Street, Winchester with her sister to be closer to her doctor. Sadly after a couple of weeks at the age of 41, she passed away on the 18th July 1817.
A few days later she was laid to rest in Winchester Cathedral. Today you can visit her grave inside the Cathedral, the family home in Chawton, along with many of the places in Hampshire which she grew to love and that inspired her writing.
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A 16th-century house and estate and a treasure trove of history.
The novelist Jane Austen is known worldwide for her popular novels describing the society of pre-industrial England.
A unique 18th Century village where warships for Nelson's Navy were built. Maritime museum, historic 18th Century cottages, riverside walk, SS Persia Exhibition, St Mary's Chapel and optional river cruise.
The village of Steventon is best known as the birth-place of the author Jane Austen, who lived in the village from 1775 to 1801, after which she moved to Bath.
With over four hundred years of history, Chawton House is a fascinating blend of architectural styles and features.
Now over 900 years old, a priceless jewel in a scarcely less precious setting. See the tombs of Jane Austen and Izaak Walton, the Chantry Chapels and hear how the diver saved the Cathedral in 1906.
Extensive remains of a 13thC Cistercian abbey, converted into a Tudor mansion after the dissolution.