Home

Tours | Categories (New, Hot) | Map

Alcohol - Ancient - Animal - Architecture - Art - Aviation - Boxing - Celebrity - Charity - Children - Church - Cinema - Comedy - Crime - Dance - Death - Disaster - Drugs - Fashion - Food - Gambling - Ghost - Grave - Health - Historical - Industry - Justice - LGBT - Literary - Look Up - Medical - Military - Motoring - Murder - Museum - Music - Nature - Naval - Paranormal - Pioneer - Poetry - Police - Politics - Pub - Public Amenities - Quirky - Religion - Retail - Ripper - River - Royalty - Science - Sculpture - Sex - Signs - Society - Sport - Subterranean - Technology - Theatre - Train - Transport - Tube - TV - Weather -

Contact Us

IN THE NEWS

Westfield Stratford City East
Westfield Stratford City East Retail Theme

TOUR OF THE MONTH

The Princess Diana Tour
The Princess Diana Tour

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

20th November 1947 The Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II), was married to Philip Mountbatten RN (later Duke of Edinburgh) in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

20th November 1906 George Bernard Shaws Doctor's Dilemma, premieres in London

20th November 1898 John Fowler, English engineer (London Metropolitan Railway), dies

20th November 1852 Charles Reade/Tom Taylor's Masks and Faces, premieres in London

Jane Austen lived here



Jane Austen lived here

This is where Jane Austen wrote many of her famous letters

Location: 10 Henrietta Street, Westminster, London, WC2E 8PS

Description: 10 Henrietta Street is where author Jane Austen was staying (it was her brothers flat), when that she wrote most of her best letters. These letters have been published by Oxford University Press; the third edition by Deidre Le Faye who works at the British Museum. Actress, Amanda Root, unveiled a green plaque here in 1999 and Jane Austens donkey cart was brought from Chawton.

Jane Austen was born on 16 December 1775 in Hampshire, the 7th of 8 children of a country parson. The Austen children were voracious readers and very fond of reading aloud to each other.

Jane began writing when she was 10 or 11. She was also an excellent dancer, attending local balls in the Town Hall of Basingstoke.

In 1800 the Revd. Austen retired and took his family to Bath. When he died in 1805 Jane and her sister, Cassandra, left Bath to move to her brothers house in Southampton. Here she completed Northanger Abbey and the London publisher, Crosby, paid her 10 outright for the purchase of it. It was not to be printed in her lifetime. In 1809 Janes brother, Edward, gave Jane, their mother and sisters use of a cottage at Chawton.

Jane Austen spent many happy days there, gardening, wine making, writing and sewing patchwork. The book, Sense and Sensibility in 1811 marked a turning point. The book sold well but her name did not appear on it. Jane made a personal profit of 140 from the first edition.

In 1813 came her second book,Pride and Prejudice which was to reprinted within the year and begins with one of the most often quoted first lines in English literature. Sheridan described the book as one of the cleverest he had read. Mark Twain said that when he read it he felt like a bartender who had entered the kingdom of heaven. Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion were to follow. Jane Austen wrote letters in the same way others wrote diaries, revealing her perceptive observations and amusing social comment.

She described this flat as 'all dirt and confusion, but in a very interesting way'.


Themes: LiteraryLiterary Theme
Ranking This Month: 1978/2749
Pages Hit This Month: 33
Link to This Page: http://www.shadyoldlady.com/location/829
Credits: http://www3.westminster.gov.uk

Jane Austen lived here

This is where Jane Austen wrote many of her famous letters


The Shady Old Lady points out that you can drag this map using mouse. Or visit our full massive map.


Got something to add? Write it 'ere:
Name:     Email:
Your email will ONLY be used once, to confirm the publication of your comments. We value your contribution and privacy.

Anti-spam Security: Please enter this code:
Other places nearby...

Railway Children authors home», 7.9km

Frankenstein author born here», 1.4km

Dickens 1st Love lived here», 1.4km

Saffron Hill», 0.8km

84 Charing Cross Road», 0.3km

Author Wilkie Collins lived here», 1.6km

Well Read in the North», 1.7km

Charing Cross Book Worms», 0.3km

CS Forester lived here», 5.1km

Writer Haggard lived here», 3.9km