Links to further information
Additional sources of useful information about Leamington Spa history include:
Lillington Local History Society http://lillingtonhistory.org/ Founded in 2008 to promote the collecting and archiving of oral histories and printed information about the old village of Lillington, the Society meets eleven times a year on the first Friday afternoon of every month except August at the Free Church Hall, Cubbington Road.
Sydenham History Group www.sydni.org/history Find out about this Group which concentrates on the developments on Sydenham Farm and also wider aspects of local history.
Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum www.lsagmcollections.org.uk Explore the Art Gallery and Museum’s collections online, check on major exhibitions and events for children and families. There are often presentations of historical interest under the banner Friday Focus at 1.00 pm.
County Record Office www.warwickshire.gov.uk/countyrecordoffice Access to Warwickshire’s archives, Parish Registers and the Manorial Documents Register, with links to Warwickshire’s Past Unlocked and Windows on Warwickshire.
Warwickshire Wayside https://warwickshirewayside.co.uk/ Aims to provide information and illustrations about Warwickshire’s surviving wayside heritage, to raise public interest and rally support for its protection.
Mapping Women’s Suffrage https://www.mappingwomenssuffrage.org.uk A website entitled ‘Mapping Women’s Suffrage, 1911: A Snapshot in Time’. Developed by Tara Morton when a student at Warwick University. We provided local information to Tara at the time.
Windows on Warwickshire www.windowsonwarwickshire.org.uk Lnked to the collections of both the Art Gallery and the County Record Office. Browse the archive by collection, location, object or subject. There is an extensive collection of photographs, postcards, paintings and memorabilia related to Leamington and district.
Our Warwickshire http://www.ourwarwickshire.org.uk/ This is the name for the collections based at the Museum in Market Square, Warwick. The service received a Lottery grant to improve their presence on the web and to update the building and displays in Warwick. The Museum reopened in February 2017. There are several items of historical interest about Leamington Spa on the website.
Leamington Library www.warwickshire.gov.uk General information about local history resources; local newspapers can be consulted on microfiche.
Warwickshire Industrial Archaeology Society (WIAS) www.warwickshireias.org Information on the industrial archaeology of Warwick, Leamington, Coventry and Solihull. The Society holds an extensive indexed archive of articles on Midlands industrial topics.
Warwickshire Local History Society www.warwickshirehistory.org.uk The umbrella organisation for Warwickshire local history societies. It publishes “Warwickshire History” twice yearly, occasional papers by members, and an index to local history publications 2000 – 2011.
Sites and Monuments Record www.warwickshire.gov.uk/timetrail A database of known archaeological sites and finds, with access to online exhibitions.
The Leamington Society www.leamingtonsociety.org.uk Leamington’s longest established historical society – for the conservation, planning and architecture, and protection and preservation of historic buildings. The archive is held at the County Record Office.
The Leamington Courier 1828 to 1954 online – NOTE: This is only available on payment of a subscription to British Newspaper Archive
Jacqui Kirk, Genealogist
LHG member Jacqui Kirk is a professional genealogist. She offers affordable, friendly and thorough service for all levels of family history researchers, and can be contacted at this website address
Books on Google, http://books.google.co.uk/ A significant number of books on the history of Leamington from the nineteenth century are available on the Google website. Each one is a scanned full version of the book and it is possible to search the texts. 13 of them are listed below…
Descriptive Guide to Leamington Priors, James Bisset, 1814
New Guide to Leamington, Field 1816
Visitors New Guide, William Thomas Thomas, 1818
Memorandum of Leamington Priors, John Merridew, 1822
Visitors Descriptive Guide to Leamington, Sarah Medley, 1826
An historical and descriptive guide to Leamington, Francis Smith, 1827
A Practical Dissertation on the Waters of Leamington Spa, Charles Loudon, 1828
Beck’s Leamington Guide, 1839
New Guide to Royal Leamington Spa, Reeve, 1839
Spas of England Volume 2, AB Granville, 1841
The History of Leamington Priors: From the Earliest, Richard Hopper, 1842
The Character of Leamington, as a Village by SF, 1847 – the first 27 pages mainly relate the history of health provision in the town and the remainder is poetry praising the likes of Jephson and Warneford.
Black’s Guide to Leamington and its Environs, 1868