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Edith Devis

Edith Devis was a prominent businesswoman in Royal Leamington Spa in the 1920s and 1930s. She was born Edith Clark in Brigg in Lincolnshire in 1882. She moved to the Midlands in the early 1900s and in June 1906 she married Walter Dowding who had been the landlord of the Golden Fleece in Loughborough since […]

Volunteer Guides

Your opportunity to become a Volunteer Guide for our series of Walks The Leamington History Group in association with Leamington Town Council provides free guided walks for visitors and locals during the summer months (June to September). We are now looking to recruit several guides to add to our team. If you have a love […]

Royal Leamington Spa: A History in 100 Buildings

NOW AVAILABLE This book relates a selected history of the town by telling the story of 100 buildings from their construction to the present day or their date of demolition and what replaced them. The articles usually include details of the buildings themselves, the architects and builders of them and some of the people who […]

Free Guided Walks for 2018

The Leamington History Group in partnership with Leamington Town Council announces that the free Guided Walks Programme for 2018 has ended. The Mayor of Leamington opened the walks at 2.00 pm on 19th June with the first walk starting at 2.30 pm. The Final Walk took place on Wednesday 12th September. We are beginning to […]

Mayor’s Awards to Our Members

We are delighted that the Mayor, Cllr Caroline Evetts, has made awards to our Secretary, Margaret Rushton, our Vice-Chairman and Walks Organiser, Michael Pearson, and member, Dr Stanislaw Librowski, to recognise their work in making Leamington a better place to live.

Lucky Dip

Explore the history of Royal Leamington Spa with our Lucky Dip.  Just click on any number and see a page chosen at random from our website. However if you want to search for a particular subject or page please use the Search facility or browse our Alphabetical List of articles.  

Father Thomas Byles, Titanic hero, and Rev Ernest Carter

The story of the ship’s orchestra playing the hymn ‘Nearer my God to Thee’ as the Titanic sank is well known and documented. Survivors of the sinking also recounted how a Roman Catholic priest gathered more than a hundred passengers round him  on the stern of the ship and led them in prayer after all […]