The church of St Nicholas lies nearly half a mile from the centre of Steventon village. The Rectory where Jane Austen was born and spent her first 25 years was pulled down by her brother Edward in favour of a grander house on an eminence overlooking the village.
The church dates from the twelfth century and remains a small simple building despite some restoration in Victorian times which included the addition of stained glass windows and a steeple on the tower. Memorials to the Austen family, some of whom were Rectors of Steventon, can be seen in the church and the churchyard.
The church is open daily and services are usually held fortnightly. Due to width and height restrictions on the local lanes, coach parties are advised to contact us. Talks can also be provided by arrangement.
Information for visitors can be found on the website here.