We are fortunate that there is a growing number of publications available
about the history of the town and surrounding area.
We are not yet able to have a fully-fledged shopping page but we list
a few recent items on this page which we hope will be of interest to you.
Please read carefully how to purchase any item that you are interested in.
Coming in September 2018 – Royal Leamington Spa: The Story in 100 Buildings
CLICK HERE to see our announcement
A Few Copies at Still Available – Our Old Leamington Calendar 2018
Author: compiled for LHG under leadership of Alan Griffin
Published in 2017 by Leamington History Group
Retail Price: £5.00
Copies may be purchased at our meetings at South Lodge, Jephson Gardens, The Parade at 10.00 am to 12.00 pm on most Tuesday mornings OR at our monthly meetings – View Details Here.
In case of difficulty please contact Margaret, our Secretary, on 01926 424659 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A New Publication -
A View from the Home Front (published in December 2017)
For some 72 years, the story of life on the Home Front at Royal Leamington Spa during the Second World War has been a story waiting to be told. Local historian and Leamington History Group member Allan Jennings has researched the detail for a fascinating insight into seven years in the life of the local population.
It includes many aspects such as gas masks, rationing, evacuation, Civil Defence, women in the war, Camouflage Directorate, Women’s Land Army, Fire Service, fire watching, Wardens, Home Guard, British Restaurant, factories, transport and people’s memories to name but a few.
This very comprehensive 416 page book includes many photographs. It is a welcome and long-awaited book that is a must for anyone with an interest in the history of Royal Leamington Spa.
The book has a retail price of £24.95 but can be obtained from Allan for £20.
Email: email@example.com or Text: 07505978416.
People, Pubs and Clubs of Royal Leamington Spa, Pictorial Books 3 and 4
Following the success of three previous books on the pubs of Leamington Spa, authors Allan Jennings, Tom Lewin and Martin Ellis have published two new pictorial books.
These books are the third & fourth sequels to Pubs of Royal Leamington Spa [Two Centuries of History], a comprehensive account of the town’s pubs dating back to the late 1700s which was published in 2014.
Since their inception, the local pubs and clubs have been the social hub of each community – albeit to a lesser extent today – and a meeting place for sporting clubs, other associations and the fielding of its own teams [e.g.
darts, dominos] in local leagues.
While the photographs included in “Two Centuries of History” were predominantly exterior views of the premises, the pictorial books mainly feature the subjects that gave each pub it’s unique atmosphere, their
landlords, landladies and “locals”.
Pictorials 1 & 2 were both 32 pages – the new books will each comprise 100 pages and now include clubs. Each book includes over 200 photographs on the social aspect of many of the town’s pubs; these publications are all about nostalgia – maybe you are included in one of the photos or maybe you will recognise ancestors, family or friends, or recall the event represented. A fascinating insight to bygone days.
The books retail at £12.95 each, but can be bought for £20 for both [a saving of £5.90] if purchased from the authors.
Mick Jeffs, a committee member, has produced a book of 24 of his drawings for you, your family or your friends to colour. Most of the pictures have been drawn on the spot but two or three are based on historic images. There is a list of dates of construction of the buildings. All images are 22 cm H x 19 cm W.
The price is £5.00 (or £6.50 by post). ISBN 9 780956 277329.
This book tells the story of 20 Leamington residents and was written by Alan Griffin, an authority on the role of local people in the history of our town and the rest of the world.
Author: Alan Griffin
Published in 2102 by Feldon Books
Retail Price: £6.95
Contact : Alan Griffin – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Proceeds in aid of the Lillington Local History Society
Our members, Allan Jennings, Martin Ellis & Tom Lewin published two new books on pubs in September 2015 and Allan also published another two books. They will usually all be for sale in the South Lodge on Tuesday mornings and at monthly presentations.
People & Pubs of Royal Leamington Spa – A Pictorial – Books 1 & 2
These two books are the sequel to Pubs of Royal Leamington Spa [Two Centuries of History], a comprehensive account of the town’s pubs dating back to the late 17oos – compiled by the same authors and published in 2014.
Since their inception, the local pub has been the social hub of each community – albeit to a lesser extent today – and a meeting place for sporting clubs, other associations and the fielding of its own teams [e.g. darts, dominos] in local leagues. While the photographs included in “Two Centuries of History” were predominantly exterior views of the premises, these two pictorial histories features the subjects that gave each pub it’s unique atmosphere – their landlords, landladies and ‘locals’. Including over 50 photographs in each book on the social aspect of many of the town’s pubs,
these publications are all about nostalgia – maybe you are included in one of the photos or maybe you will recognise ancestors, family or friends or recall the event represented. A fascinating insight to bygone days.
Authors: Allan Jennings, Martin Ellis & Tom Lewin
Publishing date: September 2015
Retail price: £8.95 each
Contact: Allan Jennings – Email: email@example.com or Tom Lewin -
Allan Jennings also published two other books in September 2015 –
The Bombing of Royal Leamington Spa
For some 75 years the complete story of the bombing of Royal Leamington Spa during the Second World War has been a story waiting to be told.
Were we bombed? If so, how many times? Did anyone die? How many, what were their names? Why wasn’t the information published at the end of the war?
Local author and historian Allan Jennings has researched the detail for a fascinating insight into a frightening time for the local population.
A welcome and long awaited book that is a must for anyone with an interest in the history of Royal Leamington Spa.
The Springs, Wells and Baths of Royal Leamington Spa
There is no doubt that Spa water stands out as the main reason why the tiny village of Leamington Priors developed into a town.
Without it the town we know and love today would probably not exist.
Nowadays, very few people ‘take the waters’, and when they do it is usually just spat out in disgust.
Local historian, Allan Jennings has delved into the archives to research the story so that you can see just what the fuss was all about!
Spa water is part of our history, and in the case of the Royal Pump Rooms part of our present and future.
A comprehensive and informative local history book for you, your family and your bookshelf.
Ken Owen has a few copies of his book on brass bands still available.
Author: Kenneth Owen
Available from the author at firstname.lastname@example.org
A History Trail in Leamington Cemetery
This book was written to complement the series of walks which we hosted in the summer of 2014 which visited and provided a commentary on the people commemorated by about 20 gravestones in the cemetery.
The cost is £3.50. Copies may be purchased at our meetings at South Lodge, Jephson Gardens, The Parade at 10.00 am to 12.00 pm on most Tuesday mornings OR at our monthly meetings – View Details Here.
In case of difficulty please contact Margaret, our Secretary, on 01926 424659 or email email@example.com
A Celebration of Sydenham
The Sydenham History Group has noted that Sydenham celebrates its 50th birthday in 2014 and has written and published this book. It relates many events in the history of tharea. Among many other details it relates the origin of the name, the story of the farm on the site, the first houses designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd and the present-day district with three schools, two pubs and 60 factory units.
To purchase ‘ A Celebration of Sydenham’ please contact Nigel Briggs by email at firstname.lastname@example.org telephone: 01926 330711
Price is £4.95 if collected or £6.20 if posted.
Copies are also available for purchase, price £4.95, from the Leamington Art Gallery and Museum counter (not the Tourist Information desk)
and the SYDNI Centre, Cottage Square, (off Marloes Walk) Sydenham, CV31 1PT.
In this period from 2014 to 2018 we remember those who served in the First World War.
Alan Griffin has written the story of some of the men from the small town of nearby Southam who gave so much.
Author: Alan Griffin
Available from alangriffin.leam@btinternet,com
Pubs of Royal Leamington Spa – Two Centuries of History
Our members Allan Jennings and Tom Lewin, along with colleague Martin Ellis, have published their much anticipated book Pubs of Royal Leamington Spa – Two Centuries of History – Published by Brewin Books of Studley ISBN 9 781858 585222.
Many books have been written about Leamington’s history, but this one is unique – it is the first to document the history of its pubs. The authors have painstakingly researched more than 200 years of history tracking back to a time in the late 1700s when the small village of Leamington Priors had around 300 residents and just 2 inns. At 429 pages long with more than 220 entries and 250 illustrations, this comprehensive work traces the number of co-existing pubs from just 2 to a peak of over 100 before the progressive decline to less than 60 at the end of 2013; opening/closing dates, licensee listings and snippets of social history are also included. Whether you are a serious historian, a nostalgic Leamingtonian with a hankering for the local pubs of bygone days or someone who will just enjoy checking out the photos over a quiet pint, this is the book for you. This book is now only available by collection or order from bookshops. More information is available from Allan on email@example.com
Royal Leamington Spa: Exploring with a Sketchbook
Mick Jeffs, one of our members, has reprinted some copies of this book which is arranged in seven walks around the town. Each page has one of Mick’s drawings and a brief note on the history of the area. It is 156 pages for a cover price of £12.50. ISBN 9 780956 277312.
It is available from bookshops and may also be ordered from Mick at www.shaybooks.co.uk
Obelisks of Warwickshire
Robin Stott, one of our members, talked to us about the obelisks in the county at our meeting in December 2012 and is joint author of this new book. Many unexpected obelisks have been found and many are illustrated within. You can find out more about it and how to order it by clicking here
Warwick: Exploring with a Sketchbook
Mick Jeffs, one of our members, has recently published this book about Warwick. It is in the style of a graphic novel (a posh name for a comic book) and tells the story of Warwick in four walks from 914 AD. It is illustrated with over 300 of Mick’s drawings and is 112 pages for a cover price of £10. ISBN 9 780956 277329.
It is available from bookshops and may also be ordered from Mick at www.shaybooks.co.uk