Jane and Cassandra: Extraordinary Sisters

Jane and Cassandra

by Caroline Kerr Taylor Their affection for each other was extreme; it passed the common love of sisters; and it had been so from childhood.  Jane’s niece, Anna Jane Austen was born in December 1775, the seventh child of Rev. and Mrs. Austen. Mrs. Austen nursed each of her babies for the first few months… Read more about Jane and Cassandra: Extraordinary Sisters


Jane Austen and Illness

Jane Austen and illness

by Margaret Mills What reading material do you turn to if you are unwell?   The novelist Mrs Elizabeth Gaskell wrote a letter early in 1865 to John Ruskin, about one of her own books, in which she said: “whenever I am ailing or ill, I take Cranford and – I was going to say enjoy… Read more about Jane Austen and Illness


The Formative Years of George Austen, Jane’s father

George Austin

A look at James Cawthorn, George Austen and the Curious Case of the Schoolboy Who Was Killed by Martin J. Cawthorne   Jane Austen’s father, George Austen has many connections to the city of Bath. On the 26th April 1764 he married, by special licence, Cassandra Leigh in St Swithin’s, Walcot.  The Austen family were… Read more about The Formative Years of George Austen, Jane’s father


The effects of the family’s misfortunes on Jane Austen’s death

Jane Austen's Death

By Caroline Kerr Taylor 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. She is one of the world’s most popular literary giants. It was a tragic loss that she died at 41, just as her star was gaining traction in the literary firmaments. We will never know for sure the exact cause of her… Read more about The effects of the family’s misfortunes on Jane Austen’s death


Catherine Anne Hubback (1818 -1877)

Jonathan Rowe looks at Catherine Anne Hubback for the Brislington Conservation & Historical Society


A New Jane Austen Image – Portrait by Melissa Dring

New Portrait of Jane Austen

Just how do you begin a new Jane Austen image so many years after her death? What did the author really look like?

Forensic artist Melissa Dring takes up a commission by David Baldock to use contemporary eye-witness accounts of Miss Austen’s features and character to produce a portrait for the Jane Austen Centre.


Warren Hastings: First Governor of India

Lady Robert is delighted with P. and P., and really was so, as I understand, before she knew who wrote it, for, of course, she knows now. He told her with as much satisfaction as if it were my wish. He did not tell me this, but he told Fanny. And Mr. Hastings! I am… Read more about Warren Hastings: First Governor of India


Who Was Jane Austen?

Jane Austen (1775-1817), English novelist, was born on the 16th of December 1775 at the parsonage of Steventon, in Hampshire, a village of which her father, the Rev. George Austen, was rector. She was the seventh of eight children. Her mother was Cassandra Leigh, niece of Theophilus Leigh, a dry humorist, and for fifty years… Read more about Who Was Jane Austen?