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Stanford Hall (Stanford-on-Avon)

Stanford Hall is a historic building at Stanford-on-Avon.

The village is in Northamptonshire, while the hall is across the River Avon in Leicestershire.

The Cave family have lived here since 1430. In the 1690s Sir Roger Cave commissioned the Smiths of Warwick to demolish the old Manor House and build the present house in the William and Mary style.

The hall contains a fine collection of Stuart portraits, previously in the possession of the Cardinal Duke of York, the last of the male Royal Stuarts.

There is a pretty walled Rose Garden and a motorcycle museum.

Percy Pilcher, the pioneer aviator, was killed in an accident here in 1899. There is a memoprial to him in the grounds.

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