the tour

Come to Jane Austen's Steventon to see where she spent most of her short life. Visit the site of the rectory where Jane was born, see its replacement by her rich brother, the church where her father, oldest brother and nephew were rectors for over 100 years, and its graveyard. Here, you'll be shown the Austen-Knight graves lying alongside those of later lords of the manor. Hear the story of the three manor houses and view the one that remains.

Energetic souls can enjoy the walk across to the village to savour home-made cream teas, while those with more time may care to visit Ashe rectory, much enlarged by the Lefroys, and Deane House, where Jane danced with Tom Lefroy, before retiring to the Deane Gate Inn, where the stagecoach stopped.

Richard Tanner, your guide, is a former headmaster who has lived in the area for over 20 years and recently published 'Steventon - Jane Austen's Birthplace', a well illustrated and readable guidebook.  He can be contacted on or by calling 01256 397610.



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

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