Manors, rectories, and cottages. Jane Austen, born in 1775, was the daughter of a clergyman. She was raising in an atmosphere “… of modest gentility.” While the Austens were by no means wealthy, they were “… well acquainted with families that boasted grand houses and substantial property, all of which had an impact on Austen’s fiction.” Author Phyllis Richardson examines the homes that influenced Jane Austen’s domestic writing on