This page deals with several subjects. Please click to find a section of interest to you –
We are looking to recruit more volunteer guides for our programme of town walks. Please click here for more details.
Contributing to the Website
We are always looking for interesting articles about the people and places that make up our community. If you visit the website, you will see the types of themes we are looking for.
Articles should be up to 500 words and preferably submitted in electronic form (Word format), but we are happy to transcribe your work if you pass it to us handwritten.
If a photograph is to be included please submit this separately in JPEG high resolution electronic format, maximum size 800 pixels along the longest edge. Once the image is on the site, visitors will then be able to click and enlarge it.
Share your research with us, – submit your article!
Please contact our Secretary (01926 424659 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) when you are ready. We respect your ownership of copyright which will be properly acknowledged if any material is published.
If you have material of any sort that might be of interest to us please get in touch with the appropriate contact. Again your ownership of copyright will be acknowledged.
We hope that this section will be read by those who have information or photographs or other images that will help our members to further their research into various aspects of local social history.
Members are currently seeking help with material on any of the following topics –
History of Leamington in 100 Buildings
This project is lead by five members of the Leamington History Group and we began at the start of 2017. The idea is to write articles about 100 buildings which exist, or which used to exist, in Royal Leamington Spa and through these articles to tell a good part of the history of the town. We have compiled a list of about 100 buildings which you can see by CLICKING HERE. We think of this project as a History Group project and invite anyone reading this page to contact us with snippets of history about any of these buildings and any people who were connected with them. We would also consider ideas about buildings which are not yet on our list. We are grateful to a few members who have already offered their help. Please contact one of the team with your thoughts – Margaret Rushton, email@example.com or
Barry Franklin, Bfranklin600@aol.com or Mick Jeffs, firstname.lastname@example.org
First World War
LHG members will be aware that over the four years from 2014 to 2018 there is to be a major National commemoration of the First World War. We would like to use this as a means of collecting local images and ephemera relating to the period 1914 – 1918. Can I appeal to you to bring items into South Lodge particularly photographs that might in any way relate to the period of the First World War. Many thanks, Alan Griffin, email@example.com
We are working on a project with Warwickshire Industrial Archaeological Society to research the story of ironfounders in Leamington and Emscote in the nineteenth century. Names such as Smith & Taylor, Carter, Radclyffe, Grove and Eagle Foundry appear on ironwork such as manhole covers in the town and Flavel is an obvious name (we already have webpages about Flavel’s). If you have any information please contact us. Thanks, Mick Jeffs, firstname.lastname@example.org
Second World War and Royal Leamington Spa
Allan Jennings has been researching what happened at Leamington during the Second World War. There is a comprehensive list of topics which he is researching at the end of this page. Anyone with photos or information can contact Allan at email@example.com
Burgis & Colbourne’s Department Store, The Parade
Founded in mid-Victorian times this was Leamington’s largest retail business and the only general department store. Started as a family business, it became a limited company before being taken over by the Army & Navy Stores. It still trades as House of Fraser but with a vastly reduced range of merchandise. Information of any sort welcomed.
Midland Counties Home for Incurables, Tachbrook Road
An arboretum was laid out here by a surgeon Mr Hitchman who subsequently developed the eleven acre site as a hydropathic establishment. This was greatly enlarged over the years and became the Midland Counties Home for Incurables which was absorbed into the National Health Service in 1948. It existed up until 1995 when the buildings were converted into flats and the extensive grounds were built on. If you worked there in any capacity or if you have any reminiscences of the Home please get in touch.
Contact: Nigel Briggs at firstname.lastname@example.org
LIST OF OTHER RESEARCH PROJECTS IN PROGRESS
Further details of the Second World War and Royal Leamington Spa Research
List of topics of interest to Allan Jennings (email@example.com) –
Preparations for war
Montgomery of Alamein
Air Raids, Air Raid Precautions, Air Raid Shelters
Fire Service / Fire Watchers / Fire Guard Organisation
Gas Masks and Identity Cards
Local Defences, Civil Defence
Evacuation and Billeting
Local Defence Volunteers / Home Guard
Home Guard Social Club
Women in the War
Cloister Crofts Prisoner of War Camp
Rationing and Food
Correspondence with loved ones
Leamington Spa Aerodrome – Bonniksen’s
Other Countries’ Troops
Bomber Crash at Whitnash – Thursday 26th April 1945