Jane Austen was born at Steventon rectory in 1775.
Wills and inventories survive for Steventon in Hampshire Record Office (HRO) and The National Archives (TNA).
Steventon was a small agricultural village mainly on the chalk of the Hampshire downs.
There is a suggestion of an epidemic disease in 1533 as only four wills survive for the 1530s, all of which are from July and August 1533 which in
The three wills reflect Catholic practices of praying for the soul.
The three surviving wills and inventories reflect a mixed farming community in which sheep and wheat dominated.
William Lover was a substantial freeholder with 60 acres. The three inventories reflect mixed farming of mainly sheep with wheat and barley.
Two wills and four inventories survive for this period, of which the Ansell and Crook families were copyholders of the manor of Steventon.
The will and four surviving inventories indicate a mixed farming economy of crops, sheep and cattle.
Woodruff’s will from just before the outbreak of the English civil war is interesting for its indication of a local commercial woollen industry.