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Brief description of site

Created on the site of a medieval abbey, Stoneleigh has an early-19th-century landscape garden and park covering about 365 hectares, with 19th-century formal terraces adjacent to a mainly 18th-century house.

Brief history of site

Stoneleigh Abbey, a Cistercian foundation, was founded in 1154. Sir Thomas Leigh rebuilt the north and east ranges of the house in about 1603. In 1808, the Rev Thomas Leigh invited Humphry Repton to visit Stoneleigh and make recommendations for the improvement of the estate. These were presented in 1809 in a large-format Red Book. Improvements in a picturesque style continued into the 1830s, with advice from the Leamington architect C S Smith. In the mid-19th century formal terraced gardens were laid out to the design of W A Nesfield. In the 1930s Percy Cane was commissioned to alter the formal terraced gardens.

Location information:

Address: Stoneleigh Abbey, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LF

Locality: Kenilworth

Local Authorities:

Warwickshire; Warwick; Stoneleigh

Historical County: Warwickshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 151 Grid Ref: SP317 712
Latitude: 52.338 Longitude: -1.53616


South-east of Kenilworth, on the south-east side of the A46.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open from Good Friday to the end of October, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday, and Bank Holidays, from 10am to 5pm.!visinfo/c15v1

Visitor information:

Parking. WCs. Refreshments.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: great house

Site first created: 1809

Main period of development: Early 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 365

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