Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775, at Steventon, near Basingstoke in Hampshire.  Her father, George Austen, was rector of the parish there.  She was the seventh child and second daughter of Rev. Austen and his wife Cassandra. she lived with her family at Steventon until 1801 when her father retired and moved to Bath.  Her years there were not particularly happy ones, and she, her mother and sister (also named Cassandra) left Bath after the death of her father in 1805.  For four years these three women moved around from relative to relative until 1809 when they settled in a cottage at Chawton, near Alton, Hampshire, thanks to the generosity of her older brother Edward Austen Knight.  it was here in the cottage at Chawton that Austen was able once again to take up her pen, revise First Impressions and  Elinor and Marianne, write Emma, Mansfield Park, and Persuasion, and revise Susan, published as Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen died at Winchester on July 18, 1817 and is buried in Winchester Cathedral.

(All the photos below taken by Sue Landaw)

Chawton Cottage garden in May

 Lane to Chawton Great House and church.

St. Nicholas Church on ground of Chawton Great House 
where JA's mother and sister are buried.

Graves of JA's mother and sister, both named Cassandra

Winchester Cathedral, burial place of Jane Austen
(photo by Sue Landaw)

Jane Austen's grave
(photo by Sue Landaw)

The house in Winchester where Jane Austen died
(photo by Sue Landaw)

Jane Austen's home at Chawton
(photo by Sue Landaw)

marker on Chawton Cottage, Jane Austen's home

marker on house in Winchester where JA died