Warwickshire Gardens Trust

Repton at Stoneleigh Abbey

Study Day Wednesday May 16

Leamington Tennis Court Club, 50 Bedford Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 5DT

and afterwards at Stoneleigh Abbey

stoneleigh-before-Reptonmill (Custom)

Repton supervising the laying-out at Stoneleigh. Copyright Stoneleigh Abbey Trustees

In 1806 there was a failure in the direct line of ownership of Stoneleigh from Thomas Leigh, merchant and once Lord Mayor of London, who had bought Stoneleigh in 1561. The estate passed to distant cousin, Revd. Thomas Leigh, who was soon to visit the estate with his cousin Cassandra and her daughter, Jane Austen.  Both house and gardens were very old fashioned and a decision was soon made to call on Hump/hry Repton, who had already worked on the Leighs’ own estate at Adlestrop.

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.

Provisional programme

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

16.00 Tea:

Cost: 45

  • 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

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