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Jane Austen gives inspiration to Worthing roads
12:30pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
Visitors to a new Worthing housing estate are in for a literary experience.
Three streets at The Fieldings development have been given names connected to celebrated author Jane Austen.
Austen found inspiration for many scenes and characters in her final and unfinished novel Sanditon when she visited the town in 1805.
Members of the Jane Austen Society contacted Worthing Borough Council calling for a street name in the town for the author.
Barratt Homes have now unveiled the street names Austen Gate, Sanditon Way and Chawton Gate on the estate.
Society members and descendants of the author gathered in Worthing to mark the unveiling.
Barratt southern counties sales director Lynnette St Quintin said: “Where we build new homes and create new communities, it is important they are reflective of local history.
“The Worthing connection with Jane Austen is certainly one for everyone to be proud of.”
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