What to see: Steventon

Other than a towering lime tree, offspring of one planted by Jane’s brother James, and a clump of nettles that marks the spot where the family well used to stand, nothing remains at
the site of the rectory other than the rural tranquillity that was perhaps as central an element of Austen’s creativity as the society of her day.

At St Nicholas Church there is a bronze plaque dedicated to the writer and you can see her elder brother’s grave, along with those of other relatives.

The 1000-year old yew, which used to house the key in the time of the Austens, still yields berries - its secret, central hollow intact.

Further details about St Nicholas Church can be obtained from the present rector by emailing him at michael.kenning@telorycoed.co.uk

The Wheatsheaf Inn in North Waltham serves food to passers by and features open fires and cosy seating, tel: 01256 398 282 Post Code: RG25 2BB.

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