Stoneleigh Abbey, Kenilworth, England
Record Id: 3132
Site is open to the public. Opening may be limited, please check Visitor Information for any restrictions.
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.
Address: Stoneleigh Abbey, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LF
Warwickshire; Warwick; Stoneleigh
Historical County: Warwickshire
|OS Landranger Map Sheet Number:||151||Grid Ref:||SP317 712|
South-east of Kenilworth, on the south-east side of the A46.
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.
Parking. WCs. Refreshments.
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
Site Size (Hectares): 365