Steventon. Every Janeite has heard of this sleepy little village in Hampshire and the parsonage in which Jane lived over half her life. Situated in the chalk hills of North Hants, about seven miles from Basingstoke. As with Chawton, I “traveled” through narrow lanes to St. Nicholas church, where Reverend Austen held Sunday service, married parishioners, and baptized babies, and where members of the Austen family were laid to rest.
Edward Austen Leigh, Jane’s nephew, described the area as somewhat tame but well clothed with woods and hedgerows. The soil is poor, and while there is an abundance of timber, there are no large trees.
More on the topic
- Listen to a description of Steventon and Jane Austen’s life there in this Librivox recording of A Memoir of Jane Austen. Click here.
- St. Nicholas, Steventon, a description and history
- St. Nicholas Church, more images
- Arial view of the area