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Early pictures of Leamington Spa in Warwickshire, one of England's most attractive and historic Regency towns. Leamington History Group.

Early pictures of Leamington Spa in Warwickshire, one of England's most attractive and historic Regency towns. Leamington History Group.

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  • The new bridge – lower and more elegant – with Robbins Well on the corner of Victoria Terrace. With the exception of the Pump Rooms all the wells and aquifers were on the south side of the river – right down Bath Street and Clemens Street.
  • Very old view across the Leam – the bridge was a typical pack-horse bridge – later rebuilt
  • View from the north-east – you can see the new Pump Rooms in the distance
  • This view is from the South side – looking across from the corner of Gloucester Street and Church Street.
  • A later view with a tall tower added.
  • The area around St Mary’s Road was settled with prosperous families quite early
  • The Parish Church is beginning to take a familiar shape. Note the horse-drawn tram in the foreground, and the Aylesford Well on the right.
  • Bath Street looking South. The building with colonnades further down on the right is the Parthenon – later to be known as the Blue Café and then as Iceland Ltd.
  • Looking North towards the Parish Church and the River Leam.


  • 1. Produced by the Leamington Memories Group of LEAP
  • 2. 1809
  • 3. All Saints’ parish churchas it appeared between 1816 &1825
  • 4. All Saints’ Church about 1826showing the new tower and spire built in 1825
  • 5. At some timebefore the FirstWorld War alarge new towerwas added to theSouth-West andthe main doorwas moved.
  • 6. St Mary’s in the Fields - 1845daughter church of All Saints
  • 7. Copps’s Royal Hotel was on the corner of High Street and Clemens Street
  • 8. St Mary’s Church Sunday School - 1929
  • 9. All Saints 1900Note the horse-drawn ‘bus
  • 10. Well House outside All Saints Church, 1930s
  • 11. Note the Parthenon on the right with colonnades and Regenesis at the end of the street 1820 Bath St looking south, facing Clemens St, 1820
  • 12. Old Post Office on the rightBath Street 1845 – from the corner of High Street
  • 13. Bath St looking towards the Town Hall
  • 14. Mr FW Francis founded E Francis & Sons Ltd in 1840 at 38 Bath St. He had 3 assistants and a housekeeper
  • 15. An early picture of the Pump Rooms
  • 16. The Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa
  • 17. The first electric tramoutside the Town Hall
  • 18. Linden Avenue beside the Pump Rooms
  • 19. Linden Walk - 1940’s
  • 20. Pump Rooms café
  • 21. Tea in the Pump Rooms
  • 22. Bobby’s Restaurant
  • 23. .Swimming Bath opened by Mayor John Fell, 1890
  • 24. Pump Room GardensListening to the Band - 1900
  • 25. The spire atop St Peter’s Church Tower was removed early 1950’s, and the tower height reduced for safety reasonsListening to the Band
  • 26. Talbot Inn outingto the White Lion at Radford Semele - 1925
  • 27. An afternoon trip with the Midland Redto the Cotswolds - 5 shillings [5/-] in the early 1930s
  • 28. ArcheryJephson Gardens – 1920s
  • 29. Tennis TournamentJephson Gardens 1920s
  • 30. Sunday School FestivalJephson Garden Pavilion 1910
  • 31. Suspensio n BridgeJephsonGardens
  • 32. Floods at York Bridge 1932
  • 33. Statue of Queen Victoria - 1932
  • 34. Coronation Day – George V
  • 35. An early view up the Parade - Regent Hotel on right
  • 36. ON THE MARCH: Elephants on the Parade, turn of the century, to the fascination of passers-by
  • 37. Lookingup theParade1920’s
  • 38. Dormer Place The National Tailoring Company – a very upmarkettailors in the early 1900’s. Later to become a branch of Natwest bank
  • 39. Regent Hotel and Lower Parade 1928 1928
  • 40. Theatre RoyalRegent Grove 1932
  • 41. The Warneford Hospital on the Radford Road built in 1832
  • 42. Warneford Hospital
  • 43. Police Station
  • 44. Leaving the Police Headquarters 1937
  • 45. Shrubland Street School
  • 46. Clapham Terrace infants, 1917 Miss WilliamsMiss Turner BLOW! Each infant had a hanky or piece of rag pinned on their jumper ready for the count-down: One -- Two -- THREE Morning Nose drill!
  • 47. Clapham Terrace Junior boys’ class at the turn of the century
  • 48. Clapham Terrace train outing to London, 1937
  • 49. Frank Whittle’s father owned the Leamington Valve and Piston Company, just off Regent Place. He attended Leamington Boys College and gained his engineering experience in hisfather’s workshop. This is where he started to design his dream machine.
  • 50. Covent Garden - early 20th century
  • 51. Delivery by Horse & Cart
  • 52. George Cashmore and his handcart deliveringbread for the family business in the early 1900’s
  • 53. Mr Gascoyne outside his shop in the High Street
  • 54. Fish Shop – Tavistock Street, 1938
  • 55. Grandad’sprize-winning onions ~1910Grown on St Mary’s Allotments
  • 56. Heart ofEngland Oak, marking the centre of England.
  • 57. The War Effort War Weapons Week – early 1940’s
  • 58. This slideshow was made by the LEAPgroup with a grant from Awards for All.Our special thanks go to the late BillGibbons for giving us permission to usemany of his pictures.