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Gallery: Stoneleigh Abbey ~ Missing Monument Murders

The Missing Monument Murders by Judy Stove is a veiled story of power, wealth, dark deeds and intrigue. In 1806, Jane Austen’s relative, the Reverend Thomas Leigh, came into vast estates and the mood in the extended Leigh/Austen family was jubilant. But within a few years, bizarre events were the talk of the district: the removal and destruction of monuments in the village church, cheating, blackmail, and the eviction of tenants who dared speak of events. It would even be alleged that the family engaged in murder to protect their inheritance.

At the centre of the scandal lies Stoneleigh Abbey, Kenilworth (near Coventry). We paid a visit…

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