Alton Library

Jane Austen - a Local Heroine for 200 Years

A talk with slides by Deirdre Le Faye, offering an overview of Jane Austen's life and times, brought up to date to 2017 as much as possible

Regency Week

It will emphasise Jane's connections with Alton and Basingstoke in particular and all other Hampshire places in general.

Deirdre has researched the life and times of Jane Austen for the last forty years. She has published the definitive factual biography, Jane Austen: A Family Record, plus a new edition of Jane Austen’s Letters, several other books, and numerous scholarly articles on Austenian topics. At present, we don't have the talk details, so please look back at this page later in the year.

You might be interested to read a little about the history of the venue. The Alton Friends Meeting House is the second-oldest purpose-built Meeting House in the world that is still in use, built in 1672. Several of Alton's prominent historical figures were Quakers, including William Curtis, Jane Austen's doctor. Quakers were persecuted for many years, including the era when the Alton Meeting House was built - they had to wait until The Act of Toleration in 1689, offically allowing Quakers to meet without persecution. A certificate was issued stating that there was a Meeting House for the “people of God called Quakers in the town of Alton”.

Event Details


Monday 19 June 2017, from 7.30pm until 9pm


Friends Meeting House, 39 Church Street, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 2DA


£10 - Box Office: Alton Community Centre, Tel: 01420 85057

Further information

Further information is available on the website

The Jane Austen Regency Week is run on a non-commercial basis by a group of volunteers and participating organisations. It is funded through ticket sales, grants from Alton Town Council and East Hampshire District Council, and by advertisers in our programme.

Details of all Jane Austen Regency Week events are available on the website


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Event details may be subject to change.