Jane Austen's name misspelt on Hampshire museum sign

image copyrightMadelaine Smith
image captionThe error was spotted by a visitor to the museum

The name of one of English literature's most famous figures has been spelt incorrectly on a road sign directing people to the writer's former house.

Eagle-eyed visitors to the Jane Austen's House Museum saw the author's name had been misspelt "Austin".

Madelaine Smith, who works at the attraction, said: "It is one of those names you shouldn't spell wrong."

She said she had contacted Hampshire County Council about getting the sign corrected.

"The council has been really helpful and really lovely," she said.

"We have had a few people spot it."

She also pointed out another sign, next to the one for the museum, that had misspelt the name of the nearby village of Selborne.

A Hampshire County Council spokesperson said: "We've clearly made a mistake here and thank Madelaine Smith for pointing this out.

"We've made arrangements for the sign to be replaced as soon as possible."

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