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Thomas Baker, 1808 – 1864

  Although known  professionally as ‘Baker of Leamington,’  Thomas Baker was born in Harborne, Birmingham, the son of the headmaster of Harborne Free School. He studied in Birmingham under the artist Joseph Vincent Barber, (who had business connections with the Willes family in Leamington), and in 1827 exhibited at the Birmingham Society of Arts. In […]

Forgotten local history: the Leamington Provident Dispensary

Two hundred years ago, Leamington grew and prospered as wealthy visitors arrived for the health benefits of the spa waters.  But what of those many people who couldn’t afford to pay medical fees?  The building shown offers some fascinating clues to this story.  This building in Holly Walk, now offices, was built in the early […]