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All exhibitions have been held in the Leigh Chapel of St Mary the Virgin Church, Stoneleigh.

2019: the watercolours of William Roseblade, 1882-1967







2017-2018: “Stoneleigh Church – Centuries of Change and Renewal.” A comprehensive history of the church building and the people associated with it








  • 2016: the churchyard project – “Remembering our neighbours past” – a display revealing our researches into the churchyard burials. Stones have been transcribed, photographed, mapped; a fully searchable database can be found on our webpage Burials Database.

Some photographs from the launch of the churchyard project

churchyard display




  • 2015: to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir Henry Parkes, an extensive display about his life and contribution to Australian politics, accompanied by a new booklet (see Booklets page) and a commemorative plaque.

Some pictures from our activities to celebrate the bicentenary. (Pictures copyright T.Swann 2015)

High Commissioner signs register australian flower display by the church flower arrangers history society displays

Before the unveiling at the font where Parkes was baptised the memorial unveiled Coventry Lord Mayor Mr Michael Hammon, Ian Thom and Sheila Woolf, chair of Stoneleigh History Society






Read our Order of Service here: parkes order of service and for newspaper coverage (local) see and international: Australian Article


Some pictures from our preview evening of 2014’s WW1 display:

commemorative cake


descendants of soldiers

Previous exhibitions have included:

  • 2014 to mark the centenary of the start of Great War in 2014, an overview of the lives of the 80 men from Stoneleigh who served and returned, together with a display about those fourteen who lost their lives.
  • 2013   a major display to include a timeline of village history since Saxon times, a collection of old photographs (and identification of those depicted), and other finished printed booklets.
  • 2012   “Coronation Christenings” – to mark the Diamond Jubilee * see below
  • 2011   the 160th anniversary of The Forge – “Blacksmiths of Stoneleigh” (see Booklet Publications” page)

* “Coronation Christenings” – extracts from the parish registers in Coronation years.