The Writers’ bench at Pear Tree church was created by Will Spankie for the 400th anniversary of the church. It is engraved with a quote by Jane Austen and aims to inspire residents and visitors to create their own literary work.
But why a quote by Jane Austen? The novelist’s connections to Hampshire, especially Winchester, are well known but her association with Southampton is less prominent. The author spent many holidays in Southampton and subsequently moved to live in the city from 1806 to 1809. She knew Pear Tree church well and often walked past it. If you want to explore more about Jane Austen and Southampton, you can follow in her foot steps on the Tudor House and Garden heritage trail.
And if all this has inspired you to write a story yourself, why not share it with us?