steventon rectory

‘The sense of comedy flourished at Steventon Rectory, exuberant, mischievous, delighting in human absurdity, detecting and making fun of any kind of affectation or silliness or false sentiment.' A Portrait of Jane Austen, David Cecil.

Steventon Rectory in Hampshire, where Jane Austen lived from 1775 till 1801 when her father relocated the Austen family to Bath. It was here that Jane wrote all her Juvenilia and the first drafts of what were later to become Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. The rectory no longer stands, having been pulled down in the 19th century.