This article accompanies the fable
Below is Steventon Church, where the Austens worshipped. Jane Austen was born in Steventon, Hampshire, and the family lived there until the family moved to Bath in 1801 when Austen was 25. Her father planned to retire in Bath and he passed away there a few years later.
Steventon today is still rural - about 5 miles from Basingstoke, which was a small market town when Austen went shopping there. The photo below of London Street gives a sense of what the town looked like at the time.
lower photo: David Medcalf.