This is a brief summary of the life and work of an architect whose designs pepper the town of Leamington Spa with buildings which have a distinct air of belonging to the same family. John Cundall was born in Leamington Spa in 1830 and died in 1889 at the age of 58 years. A simple list of his more prominent designs shows how much in demand his skills were at the time.

  1. Grafton House, Warwick New Road, 1851-1853
  2. Royal Pump Rooms alterations, 1861, many now removed
  3. Priory House, 1 Church Street, 1864
  4. North and South Chapels at the cemetery in Brunswick Street, 1867 and 1868
  5. John Hitchman’s memorial fountain, Jephson Gardens, 1869
  6. St Paul’s church, Leicester Street, 1873-1874
  7. Edward Willes obelisk, Jephson Gardens, 1875
  8. Binswood Hall chapel, Binswood Avenue, 1876
  9. St John’s church, Tachbrook Street, 1877
  10. Wesleyan church, Radford Road, 1877
  11. 15 Radford Road (previously Trinity Lodge or House), probably c 1877
  12. All Saints’ Church organ chamber, 1879, and vestries
  13. Henry Bright, memorial in his lifetime, west end of Hamilton Terrace, 1880
  14. Holy Trinity church, Beauchamp Avenue, 1881, extensions 1883
  15. Beauchamp Hill, 3 Gothic houses, 1881
  16. Board Offices, Cubbington Road, 1882
  17. St Mary Magdalene church, Lillington,  extended late C19, chancel extension 1884
  18. Town Hall, Parade, 1884
  19. Public Hall, Windsor Street, 1884, now demolished
  20. Denby Buildings, Regent Grove, 1885
  21. St Alban’s Church, Warwick Street, 1887, tower completed 1889 after his death, now demolished

A Gallery illustrating many of these buildings can be seen below.

A blue plaque was unveiled by Edward Sargent, great-grandson, in his memory on 27th July 2017.

Mick Jeffs, July 2017