The Jane Austen Connection
We have the privilege of holding several memorials to people who were instrumental in the life of Jane Austen and her family. Her father, George, was born in Tonbridge and baptised here, in his Parish church, where he worshipped until he was in his late twenties. This is merely one chapter in the exciting story of the Austen's and Tonbridge.
With the help of members of the Jane Austen Society we have produced a guidebook and audio tour, voiced by well known actress Louise Jameson, which brings these memorials to life. There is also an exhibition of Austen artefacts, including Tunbridge Ware.
You can explore further on the Jane Austen Walk which tells the story of the Austen’s and Tonbridge through the buildings they knew and lived in. The leaflet and audio tour of the walk were produced in collaboration with Kent Libraries, Explore Kent, Tonbridge School and Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council; making this a real community venture.
The Tonbridge Project has uncovered the roots of Jane Austen's own story and has revealed an exciting part of our town's history. We feel it is the missing piece to the Hampshire and Bath Austen trail.
The project launched on Heritage Weekend in September, with Regency teas, costumes, Louise Jameson and Francis Austen, and many have been thrilled to discover our little known connection with this celebrated author. You can get a flavour of things by watching the video below or downloading the audio guide to the memorials.
Come and discover the Austen's parish church and the part Tonbridge played in Jane’s own story.
You can visit Tonbridge Library to hire a MP3 player loaded with the audio guide of the walk narrated by Louise Jameson, download it or pick up a printed walk guide (PDF, 1.7mb).