Steventon is the village where Jane Austen was born, grew up and wrote three of her famous works; Pride & Prejudice, Northanger Abbey and Sense & Sensibility. Her father was the rector of the parish, and was followed by her brother James. The church where they preached and Jane worshipped still stands, although the rectory where they lived was pulled down in 1824.
Richard Tanner has spent many a year researching the history of the area around Steventon and North Waltham. He is currently the village archivist for North Waltham and was instrumental in forming a local history society as well.
He currently offers a guided tour of Steventon, which can be accompanied with cream tea in North Waltham. For more information visit the tour section of the website.
For more information on Richard and his interests please visit the about section.
The new book
Sponsored by the Fox, Richard Tanner has published a new book about the village he lives in. 'North Waltham', at 80pp and with 125 illustrations, is a comprehensive account of the history, houses, farming, church, school and activities right up to the Jubilee Year.
For more details, please visit the North Waltham page