One of the world's most famous authors spent most of her life in the historic and beautiful county of Hampshire in the south of England.
It was in Hampshire that Jane Austen found inspiration to write such classics as Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park and Sense and Sensibility.
She wrote her famous works drawing on a large circle of friends, social gatherings and places around Hampshire that she visited to devise the characters and settings for her novels.
Jane Austen and Hampshire by Audrey Hawkridge (1995)
Hampshire Papers 6
Books by and about Jane Austen in our libraries
Jane Austen family archives have been put into the care of Hampshire Record Office in Winchester.