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Jane Austen was born at Steventon Rectory, near Basingstoke, Hampshire, England on the 16th December, 1775. She was the daughter of the Reverend George Austen, Rector of Steventon and his wife, Cassandra nee Leigh
In 1783 she accompanied her elder sister, Cassandra, to be educated at Mrs Crawley’s school at Oxford, Oxfordshire which then relocated to Southampton, Hampshire. Cassandra and Jane were removed from the school after an outbreak of an infectious disease. Cassandra and Jane Austen then briefly attended the Reading Ladies’ Boarding School, Reading, Berkshire from 1785-1786.
Jane Austen returned to live at Steventon, with occasional visits to Adlestrop, Gloucestershire and Great Brookham, Surrey to visit relatives. She remained at Steventon until she and her family – the Reverend George Austen, Mrs Austen and her sister Cassandra – moved to Bath, Somersetshire upon his retirement.
In Bath they first lived at Number 4 Sydney Place, from 1800- 1804. Then at 3 Green Park Buildings East from 1804-5. The Reverend George Austen died there on 21st January 1805. He was buried at Walcot Church, Bath.
Mrs Austen, Cassandra and Jane moved from Green Park Buildings to 25 Gay Street, and then to a house in Trim Street where they lived until the summer of 1806 when they left to visit Clifton, Gloucestershire. They went on to Adlestrop also in Gloucestershire to visit their Leigh relatives. During their visit the Reverend Thomas Leigh inherited Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire and the Austen ladies accompanied him there to secure his claim to the property. While in Warwickshire they visited Kenilworth and Warwick in the vicinity of Stoneleigh, and toured on to Staffordshire to visit their cousin, the Reverend Edward Cooper, and his family at the rectory in the village of Hamstall Ridware.
They did not return to Bath but formed a household in Southampton, Hampshire with Mary, the wife of Frank Austen, Jane’s brother and Martha Lloyd their friend who was also sister of Mary Lloyd, the second wife of Jane’s eldest brother, James.
Jane Austen then continued to live at Chawton, with occasional vists to her brother Henry in London, Middlesex and to Edward Knight and his family at Godmersham, Kent. In May 1816 Jane Austen visited Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, with Cassandra in order to take the waters on account of Jane’s failing health. She returned to Chawton, but on May 24th 1817 she moved to Winchester, Hampshire to be treated for her illness.