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|M.T. Th e Austen's first home
Written by Caroline
(2/2/2003 10:34 p.m.)
Below is a link to a very large graphic. It's a map that was originally drawn on a scale of one inch to one mile, and it dates from 1759 - just before the Austens were married. The newly wedded couple moved into a house in Deane (or Dean), with a projected income of a couple of hundred a year.
You can find Deane, drawn fairly accurately, about a third of the way down the map, and over on the left. You can see a circle for the "village" and a drawing of a cluster of "houses" around the church, on a sort of corner of a triangular road. You can see Steventon, directly to the south but not, I think, Cheesedown farm, which George Austen took over after a few years, thus adding a bit to his income.
Deane today is remarkably unchanged. It's still a little cluster of houses and a church, on a sort of corner of the road. The Deane Gate Inn, where the London coach stopped, is still there, too, and Cheesedown farm. A remarkably quiet little backwater, in fact, with some nice Georgian architecture and some cottages with roses around the door.....
|Taylor's map, at Portsmouth Uni.|
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