Follow in the Footsteps of Jane Austen

18 July 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of the famous novelist Jane Austen. Born in Hampshire in 1775, Jane Austen spent most of her life here in the South East.

Pencil and Watercolour drawing of Jane Austen
Jane Austen, by Cassandra Austen © National Portrait Gallery, London

In the footsteps of Jane Austen

To celebrate this “novel” connection we have been sharing an image each day on Twitter of a place with a link to Jane Austen. From her birthplace in Steventon to her tomb in Winchester Cathedral there are so many places in the South East with a tale to tell or which formed the backdrop and inspiration for her much loved novels.

This included Goodnestone Park in Kent where we gave advice to the owners on their lovely conversion works, the old town in Southampton which is sadly a Conservation Area at Risk and the Abbey Gateway in Reading next to Reading Abbey where we have given a series of grants.

I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives

Jane Austen, Persuasion

Share in the celebration

You can explore all these places and more via the gallery below and if you want to get involved there are lots of festivals and events happening all over the South East from the Heritage Lottery Funded Stinking Fish of Southampton festival to the Jane Austen 200 celebrations in Hampshire including the launch of the new £10 note!

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