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Jane Austen

Although Jane Austen is often associated with the city of Bath, she only lived there for five years, spending most of her life in Hampshire, from her early life at Steventon to her final years in Chawton near Alton when many of her well-known works were published before her death in 1817. She spent the last few weeks of her life in lodgings in Winchester and was buried in Winchester Cathedral where her memorial gravestone can be seen.

Jane was born in Steventon, near Basingstoke in December 1775 where her father was rector. She spent the first 25 years of her life here and began work on some of the most famous pieces in English literature: Northanger Abbey, Sense & Sensibility and Pride & Prejudice.

Two Hoots Campsite is situated half way between Winchester and Alton, a perfect spot in the countryside for a quiet read and, on a clear night, a spot of stargazing. The site makes an ideal base from which to explore the area’s links to Jane Austen: Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, Winchester and the Cathedral, and Steventon where Jane was born. The house in Steventon where she grew up is no longer there but the church where her father was rector and the family worshipped remains largely unchanged.

Jane Austen House Museum, Chawton.
Photo By Rudi Riet from Washington, DC, United States via Wikimedia Commons.

Jane Austen's house

Chawton house

Chawton House is a grade ll* listed Elizabethan manor house in the village of Chawton in Hampshire. It was formerly the home of Jane Austen's brother, Edward Austen Knight.