One of the world's most famous authors spent most of her life in the historic and beautiful county of Hampshire. Jane Austen has been a household name for more than two centuries and interest in her, and her books, is only likely to increase during the next 12 months as Hampshire prepares to mark the 200th anniversary of her death, in 2017.

Hampshire was not only the birthplace of Jane Austen, but its people and the society in which she moved, provided inspiration for many of her novels, classics as Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park and Sense and Sensibility.

Known for proudly reminding people that she was “a Hampshire born Austen”, Jane was finally laid to rest in Winchester Cathedral, in 1817 - at the age of just 41.