03 July 2012

Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

About five miles north of Leamington Spa is the village of Stoneleigh, on the confluence of the River Avon and one of its tributaries, the Sowe. It could stand as the epitome of the English village - beautiful houses, some under thatch, and cared-for streets and greens.

There is, though, no village pub. Lord Leigh, of Stoneleigh Abbey, exercising his powers over his estate village, closed the local hostelry in the late nineteenth century, after one of his daughters was whistled by drunken cyclists.

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