A Jane Austen timeline
The author Jane Austen is synonymous with Hampshire. She is an integral part of Hampshire history, bound into the fabric of the villages of Chawton and Steventon, the towns of Alton, Southampton and Winchester. She swept her observant Georgian eye across a swathe of society and capturing them, assured herself a place in literary hearts the world over.
The Jane Austen timeline has been created to help you to follow her life and works, not just in Hampshire but elsewhere in England. Her two brothers, Francis and Charles served in the Royal Navy and were often to be found in Portsmouth. Jane had many friends in Hampshire and spent time in Ashe and Deane not far from Steventon, where Jane and her family lived when she was a child.
The timeline is a dynamic one and data and links will be added to it to help you find good source material about Jane Austen and the Austen family. So please return to it and we will update as often as we can. In the meantime we hope you will enjoy the many images of the beautiful Hampshire countryside that Jane Austen had links with.
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Other Hampshire Writers
(coming soon)Click on this link to explore another Hampshire History timeline. This timeline explores the many other characters who have become part of the rich culture of Hampshire History. Again, it is an ongoing project which we hope will become a full and useful resource. Read about Mary Mitford writing in nearby Alresford or Gilbert White the naturalist, writing of his observations, not a stone throw away in the village of Selborne. Explore Hampshire through the eyes of William Cobbett as he sets out on his ‘Rural Rides’, extolling the virtues or not, of the state of agriculture and much else in the Hampshire countryside.