The Streets of Leamington
These pages are in the development stage. The author is consulting with members about the format and content.
H, I, J and K added on 19th August 2019
Details of all known streets have been prepared and are currently being edited; pages about them all will be added in about ten instalments, week by week.
It is hoped that you will be able to fill some of the many gaps or rectify incorrect information. It will be helpful if you can provide the source of the information which you provide.
If you would like to comment or you can help with information . . . Please Contact Mick Jeffs, firstname.lastname@example.org
This gazetteer is intended to present information about all the streets in the town of Royal Leamington Spa, including Lillington and Milverton, but not Whitnash. A typical entry lists the date of the street, the number of buildings or addresses in the street, the origin of the name and finally the location of the street. Other key information such as prominent or important present and past buildings and Listed Buildings status is sometimes included.
Details about key buildings such as pubs, banks, shops and cinemas may be added. An obstacle to doing this easily is the number of times streets were renumbered in the nineteenth century, the main occasion being around 1875.
The dates are nearly always approximate and may refer to when planning permission was first granted, when laying out of the street began, sewers were laid or the first significant buildings were erected. In some streets buildings were demolished and rebuilt several times; for example, Charlotte Street has housing which was built in seven or eight different decades from the 1820s to the 1980s. There is a similar uncertainty about dates when buildings were demolished, such as slum clearance.
Occasionally single buildings are listed and others of these may be added. A very large number of houses had names in the nineteenth century but it is not intended that many of these will be added.
Some of you will find some of the information overly pedantic but we believe it is important to have accurate information of this kind on record in one place.
A searchable map which shows most of the streets which still exist is –
Simply type Bath Street Leamington, for example, in the search box.
Many sources have been used ranging from early directories and histories of the town and area to telephone directories and the tortuous records of planning and other local authority committees. Unfortunately, one frustration is that planning permission for new streets was often given before the street had been named.
Of course, books by other authors have been referred to but sadly some information is inconsistent and efforts have been made to confirm it.
A full list of sources will be added soon.