Jane Austen called Hampshire home for the majority of her life and her family’s strong connection to the county is revealed by some truly amazing documents held here at Hampshire Archives and Local Studies.
Jane was born in Steventon in December 1775 and her baptism record, which was written by her father, Rev. George Austen, can be found in the parish register. Jane is not the only Austen recorded in the register with the baptisms of her siblings, Henry, Cassandra, Francis and Charles also entered. There are also a number of entries, written circa 1801, which appear to be written in Jane’s hand. Jane may have been helping her father with his duties as he grew older and his hand became more unsteady.