Tag Archives: 1950s Leamington

SOANS – A FAMILY BUSINESS – The Move to Leamington.

So in 1927 Grandad had a cheque in the Bank, enjoyed being a Ford Main Dealer and was undoubtedly good at his job. He therefore approached Ford to see if there were opportunities for a new Main Dealer anywhere in the country. It turned out that at that time Hastings, High Wycombe, Wembley & Leamington [...]

The Lights of Leamington

Following the Festival of Britain in 1951, for a whole decade, Royal Leamington Spa and Jephson Gardens became THE autumn venue for hundreds of people from all over Britain. Thousands of coloured electric lights transformed the Gardens into a wonderland for both children and adults. In August and September each year, the streets of the [...]

A South Leamington Home in the 1950s

A lot has been written about Leamington’s wells and churches, and everyone now surely knows all there is to know about its beginnings. I am writing of life, seen through the eyes of a child during the 1950s in the side streets, away from the town centre, in the streets where ordinary people lived ordinary [...]

Randolph Adolphus Turpin, the ‘Leamington Licker’

Randolph Turpin’s life was a classic rags to riches story that should have had a happy ending.  As it turned out, it ended in bankruptcy and tragedy.  Born in 1928 in a rented basement flat at 6 Willes Road, Leamington he was christened Randolph Adolphus.  His father Lionel came from British Guiana and was descended [...]

The Reading sisters: growing up in the Althorpe Arms

In the early 1970s, Kit and Ivy Reading were interviewed for the 1st edition of the Bath Place Times, painting a vivid picture of their lives and the area where they grew up. The Reading family kept the Althorpe Arms in Althorpe Street for 42 years, until the area became a trading estate in the [...]