Links

Additional sources of useful information about Leamington Spa history include:

Lillington Local History Society
http://lillingtonhistory.org/

Founded in 2008 to promote the collecting and archiving of oral histories and printed information about the old village of Lillington, the Society meets eleven times a year on the first Friday afternoon of every month except August at the Free Church Hall, Cubbington Road.

Sydenham History Group
www.sydni.org/history
Find out about this Group which concentrates on the developments on Sydenham Farm and also wider aspects of local history.

Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum
www.lsagmcollections.org.uk
Explore the Art Gallery and Museum’s collections online, check on major exhibitions and events for children and families. There are often presentations of historical interest under the banner Friday Focus at 1.00 pm.

County Record Office
www.warwickshire.gov.uk/countyrecordoffice
Access to Warwickshire’s archives, Parish Registers and the Manorial Documents Register, with links to Warwickshire’s Past Unlocked and Windows on Warwickshire.

Windows on Warwickshire
www.windowsonwarwickshire.org.uk
Lnked to the collections of both the Art Gallery and the County Record Office. Browse the archive by collection, location, object or subject. There is an extensive collection of photographs, postcards, paintings and memorabilia related to Leamington and district.

Our Warwickshire
http://www.ourwarwickshire.org.uk/
This is the name for the collections based at the Museum in Market Square, Warwick. The service received a Lottery grant to improve their presence on the web and to update the building and displays in Warwick. The Museum reopened in February 2017. There are several items of historical interest about Leamington Spa on the website.

Leamington Library
www.warwickshire.gov.uk
General information about local history resources; local newspapers can be consulted on microfiche.

Warwickshire Industrial Archaeology Society (WIAS)
www.warwickshireias.org
Information on the industrial archaeology of Warwick, Leamington, Coventry and Solihull. The Society holds an extensive indexed archive of articles on Midlands industrial topics.

Warwickshire Local History Society
www.warwickshirehistory.org.uk
The umbrella organisation for Warwickshire local history societies. It publishes “Warwickshire History” twice yearly, occasional papers by members, and an index to local history publications 2000 – 2011.

Sites and Monuments Record
www.warwickshire.gov.uk/timetrail
A database of known archaeological sites and finds, with access to online exhibitions.

The Leamington Society
www.leamingtonsociety.org.uk
Leamington’s longest established historical society – for the conservation, planning and architecture, and protection and preservation of historic buildings. The archive is held at the County Record Office.

The Leamington Courier 1828 to 1954 online
NOTE: This is only available on payment of a subscription to British Newspaper Archive

Books on Google, http://books.google.co.uk/
Several books on the history of Leamington are available on this website. Each one is a scanned full version of the book. 13 of them are listed below –

Descriptive Guide to Leamington Priors, James Bisset, 1814

New Guide to Leamington, Field  1816

Visitors New Guide, William Thomas Thomas, 1818

Memorandum of Leamington Priors, John Merridew, 1822

Visitors Descriptive Guide to Leamington, Sarah Medley, 1826

An historical and descriptive guide to Leamington, Francis Smith, 1827

A Practical Dissertation on the Waters of Leamington Spa, Charles Loudon, 1828

Beck’s Leamington Guide, 1839

New Guide to Royal Leamington Spa, Reeve, 1839

Spas of England Volume 2,  AB Granville, 1841

The History of Leamington Priors: From the Earliest, Richard Hopper, 1842

The Character of Leamington, as a Village by SF, 1847 – the first 27 pages mainly relate the history of health provision in the town and the remainder is poetry praising the likes of Jephson and Warneford.

Black’s Guide to Leamington and its Environs, 1868