Benefactors

Alice, Duchess Dudley

Alice Leigh, born in 1578, was the second daughter of Sir Thomas Leigh of Stoneleigh. She married Robert Dudley, son and heir of the Earl of Leicester (favourite of Queen Elizabeth I) and his disowned wife, Lady Douglas. After the Earl’s death, his widow, Lettice challenged Robert’s legitimacy to his father’s titles and won, after …

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The Hon Mary Leigh

The Honourable Mary Leigh was the older sister of Edward Leigh, 5th Baron Leigh of Stoneleigh and was, together with her uncle, appointed his guardian in 1774, when he was declared to be insane. He was confined to Stoneleigh Park until his death in 1786, had no children and left the estate to his sister. …

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Earls of Warwick

Earl of Warwick is a title that has been created four times in English history and is one of the most prestigious titles in the peerages of the UK. The Earl of Warwick who would have supported the rebuilding of the church at Leek Wootton in 1790 would have been George Greville, 2nd Earl of Warwick (of …

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Earls of Clarendon

In 1665 Charles II granted Kenilworth Castle to Laurence Hyde, 2nd Earl of Clarendon, in whose family’s hands it remained until the 20th century. Despite changing fortunes, the castle had long been a tourist attraction. Curious travellers came even before the Civil War, and by the 1770s visitor numbers were sufficient to warrant production of …

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