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JANE AUSTEN IN WEST KENT
A Talk by CLARE GRAHAM

 

 

An excellent and very informative talk was given on 20 April by Clare Graham, lecturer and member of the Jane Austen Society.

Clare told us about Jane's many links with Kent, starting with her ancestral family in Horsmonden.

Jane's great grandmother Elizabeth Austen was left penniless with six sons to support, and in 1708 she took up the post of housekeeper to the headmaster of Sevenoaks School, Elijah Fenton, with the proviso that her sons be educated there free of charge.

Jane's great uncle Francis Austen lived at the Red House in Sevenoaks and became very rich.

She stayed with him as a child, and in later years often visited her brother Edward in his fine house at Godmersham in East Kent. 'Kent is the place for happiness',
she wrote to her sister Cassandra while staying there.

'Everybody is rich there.'

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