2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and Hampshire Cultural Trust is helping partners to raise funds to celebrate Jane’s links with Basingstoke with a life sized sculpture by Adam Roud in Market Square.
A life-size bronze sculpture of Jane Austen has been commissioned to mark 200 years since the Hampshire author’s death. Help us celebrate this great author in Basingstoke. Local sculptor Adam Roud has been commissioned to create the sculpture, which will take pride of place in the Market Square in Basingstoke in time for the bi-centenary events in July 2017. Adam hopes that the statue will represent Jane not only as a writer, but also as a strong-willed and independent character in her own right. Jane Austen was one of England’s greatest and most celebrated novelists. She was born in 1775 in Steventon, just a few miles outside Basingstoke, where she lived for more than half her life. The places, people and landscapes of the borough had an enormous influence on her novels, and she created the first draft of Pride and Prejudice whilst living at Steventon, where her father was vicar of St Nicholas Church. Jane Austen knew Basingstoke well: she attended social gatherings at the Assembly Rooms in Market Square, near the current-day Lloyds Bank, and regularly visited family friends at the Vyne, Oakley Hall and Ashe House, amongst others. With your support, we can have a permanent celebration of Jane Austen’s links to Basingstoke
* please note that in the unlikely event that insufficient or excessive funds are raised for this project, all money raised will go towards helping our local work across Hampshire to share culture and heritage in the county. Thank you.