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Rugby

Rugby

Draughtsman: Stevens, Henry

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1813

Shelfmark: OSD 260

Item number: 12

Length: 41

Width: 30

Genre: Map

Map scale ratio: 2 '' : 1 Mile (1 : 31680)

This plan covers part of East Warwickshire showing the Warwick and Oxford Canals at the top the sheet. Nearby is the intersection of two Roman roads: the Fosse Way and Watling Street. Coombe Abbey, depicted in the lower part of the sheet, had been one of the the most powerful and wealthy monasteries in Warwickshire. Following Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries, Sir John Harrington bought the abbey and built a new house on the property, incorporating much of the stonework from the disbanded monastery. The Craven family, who owned the property for the 300 years after Harrington's death, constructed the formal gardens, moat and lake depicted on the plan.

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