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Jane Austen and Basingstoke

   Jane Austen was born in the year 1775 near to Basingstoke in the parish of Jane AustenSteventon. Her father was rector of the parish and Austen spent the first 25 years of her life in the village. She was the seventh of eight children in the family and was educated at home. Her novels marked the transition in English literature to 19th Century romanticism.

   Jane was a frequent visitor to Basingstoke and it is well known that she Map of the Basingstoke area.used to attend dances at the Assembly Rooms in Basingstoke. The building no longer stands in the town but it was situated just off Market Place in the centre of town. Austen also was known to dine at the Crown Inn on Winchester Street.

  During her time at Steventon, Austen wrote some of her most famous novels, but it took her 15 years to find a publisher to produce her books. during the years 1796-1798 she wrote Sense and Sensibility , Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey.

   It was also during this period that Jane had her first romance with a local Will you marry me?man. The couple were engaged to be married, but the engagement only lasted one night as Austen changed her mind and broke off the engagement the next morning. Jane left Steventon in 1801 when her family moved to Bath. During the following years the family moved between Southampton, Chawton and finally Winchester. In the year 1817 Jane Austen died from Addison's disease and was buried at Winchester Cathedral.

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