Jane Austen
Born: 16 Dec, 1775
Died: 18 Jul, 1817
Field: Writer; novelist
Location in the Abbey: South transept, poets corner
Type of memorial: Tablet
Type of material: Stone

Jane Austen is buried in Winchester Cathedral in Hampshire but a small tablet was unveiled to her memory in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey, on 17 December 1967. This was given by The Jane Austen Society. The polished Roman stone tablet, designed by the Abbey's Surveyor S.E.Dykes Bower, is on the wall adjacent to Shakespeare's memorial and the inscription reads simply:

JANE AUSTEN 1775 1817

She was the daughter of a country clergyman, George Austen, and his wife Cassandra (Leigh) and was born at the rectory at Steventon in Hampshire on 16 December 1775. In her books she portrayed the society and manners of the life to which she belonged: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. The family later moved to Bath and after her father's death she lived in the village of Chawton. Although she had several suitors Jane never married. She died in Winchester on 18 July 1817.

A photograph of the tablet can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library.

A copy of the sermon preached at Evensong before the unveiling can be obtained from Westminster Abbey Library.

Further reading:

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2004

"A memoir of Jane Austen" by James E.Austen-Leigh, 1870.

See also the websites of the Jane Austen Society UK and Jane Austen's House Museum (her house at Chawton).

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