History

Jane Austen

History

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. The stone tablet 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 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 Austens House Museum (her house at Chawton).