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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 […]

Eric Taylor, Leamington-born Musician and Gamelan Pioneer

Eric Robert Taylor was born in Leamington at the beginning of May 1928.   He attended Warwick School, where he distinguished himself as a musician.  He also sang in the choir at St Mary’s Church, Warwick.  In 1945, he made the pages of the Leamington Courier, – where it was announced that “Eric R Taylor has […]

The Smith Family of Bath Street: Memories of Kit Smith

William Smith was born in 1844 in Fenny Compton, where his father Thomas was a grocer and draper. At the age of fifteen, William came to work in Leamington Priors, where he became apprenticed to Daniel Humphrey, a shoemaker in Bath Street.  By the age of 37, he had become a Master Bootmaker with an […]

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 […]

Thomas Baker Revisited

Thomas Baker was  a well-known artist based in Leamington Spa from 1833 and has been the subject of a page on this website for some years; this can be found HERE We have learnt recently of a new website dedicated to the artist and this can be seen by clicking HERE. The site has been developed […]

Henry Eric Maudslay, DFC, Dam Buster Pilot

Squadron Leader Henry Maudslay DFC Blue Plaque unveiled The youngest Squadron Leader of the Dam Busters, and one of the youngest pilots, was a local man. Henry Eric Maudslay was born at 1 Vicarage Road, Lillington on 21 July 1921. The Maudslay family had been involved in various branches of engineering for several generations.  An […]