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Jane Austen 1771-1817 Jane Austen's mother Cassandra Leigh was connected to the aristocratic Leigh family, one branch of whom owned this very grand Warwickshire property.
Jane paid an unscheduled visit to Stoneleigh in August, 1806, with her sister, mother and mother's cousin Thomas, and stayed 10 days. The three women had been visiting Thomas at his home in Adlestrop, Gloucestershire, when Thomas received news that he was to inherit Stoneleigh from his relative Mary Leigh who had died childless. He was advised to take possession at once, as there were other claimants to the property.
There is evidence of this visit, and much detailed description of Stoneleigh, in letters Mrs Austen wrote home to her daughter-in-law Mary: "I had expected to find everything about the place very fine and all that, but I had no idea of its being so beautifulů the Avon runs near the house, amidst green meadows, bounded by large and beautiful woods, full of delightful walks." Stoneleigh is said to have provided the model for Sotherton in Mansfield Park. After some years of decay, Stoneleigh Abbey has been recently restored. Some of it is now given over to private residences, but a large part is open to the general public with informative guided tours which mention Jane Austen's visit. See website
Stoneleigh Abbey for dates and times of opening.

'BB' (the pseudonym for the celebrated author/illustrator Denys Watkins-Pitchford) He was born in 1905 Became assistant art master at Rugby School in 1930

Rupert Brooke (1887-1915) August 3, 1887 - Rupert Chawner Brooke Born at 5, Hillmorton Road, Rugby, edu. Rugby and Cambridge, King's College. There is a medallion plaque in the chapel at Rugby School. There is also his obituary in the Volume of Memorials in the War Memorial Chapel's hexagonal lectern.

Lewis Carroll (1832-98), edu Richmond, Rugby and Oxford, Christ Church. Lived in Oxford

George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) (1819-1880) born 22 November at Arbury Hall Farm (South Farm) moves to Griff a few months later. edu Mrs. Wallington's School; meets Maria Lewis, the principal teacher. 1832 Misses Franklin's School; learning French. 1836 Mother dies, goes home to keep house at Griff for her father. 1840 Learning Italian and German with a tutor; also studying Latin. 1843 Studying Greek. 1844 Studying Hebrew. Griff House is now an inn. Chilvers Coton Church The church is in the village where George Eliot was born. The museum at Nuneaton has a small George Eliot exhibition, tel: 02476 376158 and the library at Nuneaton has letters which can be seen by request, tel: 02476 384027.
Griff House
Griff House
Chilvers Coton Church
Chilvers Coton Church

Arbury Hall
Arbury Hall

Please do look at these beautiful old post cards of places relating to George Eliot
Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) ed. Stratford on Avon

Samuel Johnson (1709-84) educated in Lichfield, Stourbridge, Pembroke College, Oxford. Lived in Birmingham 1734, M in Derby 1735

J B Priestley (1894-1984) He died at his home, Kissing Tree House, near Stratford, Warwickshire, on 14th August, 1984.

Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864) born in Eastwick House, (now Landor House, Family home - Landor House, 5 Smith Street, Warwick, Warwickshire, last visit 1853 educated Rugby 1783-1791.
Commemorated in Bishop's Tachbrook and Warwick. Memorial in St Mary's Church, Warwick, saying erected 30th January 1888 - the 113th anniversary of the birth of Landor in Smith Street, Warwick. The memorial was designed by Edmund Ferra R.A. and executed by James Forsyth. An alabaster bust of Landor is set in a niche cut in the firs tier on the south side of the nave. Above are the arms of both the Landor and the Savage family. The Landor crest of a dexter arm, holding a fleur-de-lis is portrayed at the top of the memorial.
2. On the same day (30th January 1888) a simple plaque "Landor born 1775" was erected over the front door of Eastgate (now Landor) house, 5 Smith Street, Warwick.
3. In Rugby School, during the Twentieth Century, a memorial was erected to Landor, in the Chapel, alongside memorials to other Old Boys who became famous in the literary world. The memorial includes the words of his famous quatrain "I strove with none..."
Family home - Landor House, 5 Smith Street, Warwick, Warwickshire, born 1775, last visit 1853.
Collection of Landor Items in Warwickshire County Record Office
Apart from the large collection of Landor family documents (ref. CR931 AND CR1908) this office now holds several items which have been deposited by the Landor Society of Warwick.
1. Original signed photograph of Landor taken in 1855 in Bath.
2. Undated letter by Landor, written in Bath 1840s or 1850s.

Philip Larkin (1922-1985) was born on August 9, 1922, in Coventry. Edu King Henry VIII School. Died of cancer on Monday December 2 1985.

J.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) Married at St Mary Immaculate, Warwick 22 March 1916. Lived at 9 Ashfield Road, Birmingham 1895-1896,
5 Gracewell (Now 264A Wake Green Road, Birmingham) 1896-1900,
214 Alcester Road, Birmingham 1900-1901,
86 Westfield Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham 1901-1902,
26 Oliver Road, Birmingham 1902-1904 (demolished),
lived at a cottage near the Oratory Retreat, Rednal 1904,
25 Stirling Road, Birmingham 1904-1908,
37 Duchess Road, Birmingham 1908-1909 (demolished),
4 Highfield Road, Birmingham 1909-1911 (there is a plaque here)
King Edward's School, Birmingham 1900-1902,1903-1911 (demolished), St Philip's Grammar School,
Hagley Road, Birmingham 1902-1903,
Attended the Birmingham Oratory, Hagley Road, Birmingham, attended St Anne's Church, Alcester Street, Birmingham, attended St Dunstan's Church, King's Heath, Birmingham (demolished)
Spent the last night before he went to France 4 June 1916 at the Plough and Harrow Hotel, Hagley Road, Birmingham (plaque outside & in room they stayed in) Sarehole Mill, Colebank Road, Birmingham is said to have influenced his stories (Museum of milling plus small exhibition on J.R.Tolkien (1892-1973)

Francis Brett Young (1884-1954) born in Halesowen, educ. Epsom School and Univ. of Birmingham, commemorated in Worcester and Halesowen

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