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Major Harry Gem – Pioneer of Lawn Tennis

Major Thomas Henry (Harry) Gem was born in Birmingham on the 21st of May 1819. His father was a local solicitor dealing with criminal cases and was also clerk to the Birmingham Magistrates. After studying at King’s College, London, Harry also pursued a career in the law and joined his father’s chambers in Moor Street. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Heraldry of Royal Leamington Spa

Perhaps you are vaguely aware of the shield for Leamington which has a chevron on top of a lion with two tails, three stars at the top and a border containing eight fleurs-de-lys. In an idle moment you may have wondered about its origins, what it all represents and if it tells you anything about […]

Leamington History Day 16th September 2017

Saturday 16th September 2017 Our annual Local History Day in the Parish Church showcased the work of the Leamington History Group and many other history and amenity groups.   We consider that it has been a great success.  Just over 500 people visited us and every stallholder was busy with visitors for most of the […]