G W Grove, A Most Litigious Ironmonger

G W Grove, A Most Litigious Ironmonger

Recent research on local iron-founders and ironmongers has uncovered a quite remarkable man with a busy career in court in the second half of the nineteenth century. The man in the spotlight is George William Grove. He first appears in the Leamington Courier as the...
H B Dunn Chemists

H B Dunn Chemists

  One of Leamington’s longest established businesses became yet another casualty of the increasing rents demanded for commercial premises when H B Dunn the Regent Street Chemist moved to alternative premises this year. The properties adjoining the old Lloyd’s...
Soans – A Family Business

Soans – A Family Business

This is Richard Soans’ introduction to the fascinating story of a well-known Leamington family business. CLICK HERE to read the full article. Soans is an unusual name.  It may be English, a variant of ‘son,’ or it may be Scandinavian. What is indisputable is...
Railways to Royal Leamington Spa

Railways to Royal Leamington Spa

This is an introduction to the railways of Leamington Spa and a longer and more detailed Research Paper is available HERE In the nineteenth century Leamington Spa was blessed with the construction of railway lines radiating in several directions. Leamington missed out...
Thornley-Kelsey [Radford Hall] Brewery

Thornley-Kelsey [Radford Hall] Brewery

This is a summary of the Research Paper which is available in full HERE Born on 7th August, 1854, Henry Edward Thornley was originally a farmer at Radford Hall, Radford Semele, who initially commenced brewing solely for his own labourers. However, by 1898 he had...