The central talk of this study day will be given by John Phibbs, authority on Georgian landscapes, Capability Brown and Humphry Repton. He will discuss Repton’s proposals for Stoneleigh in the context of his life and work.
There will also be talks on the background history of Stoneleigh Abbey and the way in which Stoneleigh appears in Jane Austen’s life and letters.
10.30 Coffee and registration
10.45 “Sir Thomas Leigh and the Stoneleigh Estate: Stoneleigh before Repton” Christine Hodgetts
11.10 “Jane Austen, Stoneleigh Abbey, Repton and ideas of landscape
12.00 “Humphry Repton at Stoneleigh Abbey”, John Phibbs
13.00 Buffet Lunch
13.45 Leave for visit to Stoneleigh Abbey, led by John Phibbs
- From Leamington Spa station is about 10 minutes walk to the Tennis Court Club.
- Up-dated programme and map will be sent out prior to the event