We are fortunate that there is a growing number of publications available about the history of the town and surrounding area.
We are not yet able to have a fully-fledged shopping page but we list a few recent items on this page which we hope will be of interest to you.
Please read carefully how to purchase any item that you are interested in.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL PROBABLY BE LEAVING SOUTH LODGE SO THAT PUBLICATIONS WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE THERE. WE WILL POST UPDATED INFORMATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (updated 28th December 2019).
Our NEW Calendar for 2020
The new calendar for 2020 from Leamington History Group is now on sale at £5 at South Lodge on Tuesday mornings (10.00 am to 12.00 pm), the Visitor Information Centre at the Royal Pump Rooms, and at Anthony Eden, Hairdresser, Clarendon Street.
It has 12 historical images of Royal Leamington Spa.
The image on the front cover is of Denby Buildings, Regent Grove.
The Ironmen of Leamington, a NEW book
A long-term joint research project by Warwickshire Industrial Archaeology Society and Leamington History Group has come to fruition with the publication of “The Ironmen of Leamington”. The team was led by Martin Green and Mick Jeffs and looked at the story of iron objects produced in the town and the people who made them in the nineteenth century. Examples of the products include coal-hole covers, balconies and railings and vast cooking ranges. It is probably no surprise to learn that the firm of Flavel was the only one which survived and thrived into the next century; this Eagle Works is now run by Rangemaster.
The book has 203 pages and is well illustrated with many images in colour.
The cover price is £18 and it is available at a special price of £12 to LHG and WIAS members.
It was published on 29th April 2019.
Copies are available at our meetings at South Lodge, Jephson Gardens, the Parade at 10.00 am to 12.00 pm on most Tuesday mornings OR at Waterstones OR at our monthly meetings – View Details Here
In case of difficulty please contact our Secretary@leamingtonhistory.co.uk
Two NEW local history books – To be published in September 2019
Local historians Allan Jennings, Tom Lewin and Peter Coulls are to publish
two new local history books in September.
Allan and Tom have written ‘Shops of Royal Leamington Spa’, a 120-page book
that is about nostalgia, photos and history and includes Toytown, Francis,
Woolworth’s, Bailey’s, Sabin’s, Alf Jones, Frettons, Renton’s, Summerton’s,
the Penny Pop shop, Harry Russell’s do-it-yourself shop and many many more.
CLICK HERE for list of all the shops in the book.
Allan and Peter have written a comprehensive history of ‘The Leamington and
Warwick Tramway’ which last ran in 1930. It includes details of the horse
drawn and electric trams that travelled between the two towns for 49 years.
Again, it includes many images along the route. This book will appeal to
local historians, transport historians, industrial archaeologists, people
with an interest in the history of the two towns and others who will just
enjoy checking out the old postcards and photographs. These books will be
ideal for birthday and Christmas presents.
The retail price of each book is £15.95, but they can be obtained from the
authors for £10.95 each or both books can be bought for £20, a discount of
The launch was at the Leamington History Day on Saturday 28th September 2019.
For further information contact –
Allan Jennings: email@example.com or
Tom Lewin: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Peter Coulls email@example.com
Royal Leamington Spa Colouring Book Number 2
This book is now available. It contains another 24 drawings of buildings in Leamington, past and present. Not entirely coincidentally they are all subjects of articles in “Royal Leamington Spa: A History in 100 Buildings”.
The price is £5.00 (or £6.50 by post). ISBN 9 780956 277350
It will be available at South Lodge on Tuesday mornings and at LHG meetings and from Mick Jeffs at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brass Bands of Warwickshire
by Kenneth G Owen
This book is now available for £10 from Kenneth or at LHG Meetings or at South Lodge on most Tuesday mornings between 10.00 am and 12.00 pm.
People, Pubs and Clubs of Royal Leamington Spa, Pictorial Books 3 and 4
Following the success of three previous books on the pubs of Leamington Spa, authors Allan Jennings, Tom Lewin and Martin Ellis have published two new pictorial books.
These books are the third & fourth sequels to Pubs of Royal Leamington Spa [Two Centuries of History], a comprehensive account of the town’s pubs dating back to the late 1700s which was published in 2014.
Since their inception, the local pubs and clubs have been the social hub of each community – albeit to a lesser extent today – and a meeting place for sporting clubs, other associations and the fielding of its own teams [e.g. darts, dominos] in local leagues.
While the photographs included in “Two Centuries of History” were predominantly exterior views of the premises, the pictorial books mainly feature the subjects that gave each pub it’s unique atmosphere, their landlords, landladies and “locals”.
Pictorials 1 & 2 were both 32 pages – the new books will each comprise 100 pages and now include clubs. Each book includes over 200 photographs on the social aspect of many of the town’s pubs; these publications are all about nostalgia – maybe you are included in one of the photos or maybe you will recognise ancestors, family or friends, or recall the event represented. A fascinating insight to bygone days.
The books retail at £12.95 each, but can be bought for £20 for both [a saving of £5.90] if purchased from the authors.
Leamington Lives Remembered
This book tells the story of 20 Leamington residents and was written by Alan Griffin, an authority on the role of local people in the history of our town and the rest of the world.
Author: Alan Griffin
Published in 2102 by Feldon Books
Retail Price: £6.95
Contact : Alan Griffin – email: email@example.com
St Mary Magdalene Lillington, A Churchyard Walk
This book features the graves of eighteen Lillington notables, including two artists, two WW1 heroes, a couple of millionaire businessmen and a Czech soldier who settled here after WW2.
Compiled by Margaret Rushton
Proceeds in aid of the Lillington Local History Society
Available from Margaret Rushton on 01926 424659, at the South Lodge on most Tuesday mornings.
People & Pubs of Royal Leamington Spa – A Pictorial – Books 1 & 2
These two books are the sequel to Pubs of Royal Leamington Spa [Two Centuries of History], a comprehensive account of the town’s pubs dating back to the late 17oos – compiled by the same authors and published in 2014.
Since their inception, the local pub has been the social hub of each community – albeit to a lesser extent today – and a meeting place for sporting clubs, other associations and the fielding of its own teams [e.g. darts, dominos] in local leagues. While the photographs included in “Two Centuries of History” were predominantly exterior views of the premises, these two pictorial histories features the subjects that gave each pub it’s unique atmosphere – their landlords, landladies and ‘locals’. Including over 50 photographs in each book on the social aspect of many of the town’s pubs, these publications are all about nostalgia – maybe you are included in one BookPeople & Pubs 2 Cover (1)of the photos or maybe you will recognise ancestors, family or friends or recall the event represented. A fascinating insight to bygone days.
Authors: Allan Jennings, Martin Ellis & Tom Lewin
Publishing date: September 2015
Retail price: £8.95 each
Contact: Allan Jennings – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tom Lewin – Email: email@example.com
The Bombing of Royal Leamington Spa
For some 75 years the complete story of the bombing of Royal Leamington Spa during the Second World War has been a story waiting to be told. Were we bombed? If so, how many times? Did anyone die? How many, what were their names? Why wasn’t the information published at the end of the war?
Local author and historian Allan Jennings has researched the detail for a fascinating insight into a frightening time for the local population.
A welcome and long awaited book that is a must for anyone with an interest in the history of Royal Leamington Spa.
The Springs, Wells and Baths of Royal Leamington Spa
There is no doubt that Spa water stands out as the main reason why the tiny village of Leamington Priors developed into a town.
Without it the town we know and love today would probably not exist. Nowadays, very few people ‘take the waters’, and when they do it is usually just spat out in disgust.
Local historian, Allan Jennings has delved into the archives to research the story so that you can see just what the fuss was all about!
Spa water is part of our history, and in the case of the Royal Pump Rooms part of our present and future.
A comprehensive and informative local history book for you, your family and your bookshelf.
A History of the Brass Bands of Royal Leamington Spa
Ken Owen has a few copies of his book on brass bands still available.
Author: Kenneth Owen
Available from the author at firstname.lastname@example.org
A History Trail in Leamington Cemetery
This book was written to complement the series of walks which we hosted in the summer of 2014 which visited and provided a commentary on the people commemorated by about 20 gravestones in the cemetery.
The cost is £3.50. Copies may be purchased at our meetings at South Lodge, Jephson Gardens, The Parade at 10.00 am to 12.00 pm on most Tuesday mornings OR at our monthly meetings – View Details Here.
In case of difficulty please contact Margaret, our Secretary, on 01926 424659 or email email@example.com
A Celebration of Sydenham
The Sydenham History Group has noted that Sydenham celebrates its 50th birthday in 2014 and has written and published this book. It relates many events in the history of tharea. Among many other details it relates the origin of the name, the story of the farm on the site, the first houses designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd and the present-day district with three schools, two pubs and 60 factory units.
To purchase ‘ A Celebration of Sydenham’ please contact Nigel Briggs by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01926 330711
Price is £4.95 if collected or £6.20 if posted.
Copies are also available for purchase, price £4.95, from the Leamington Art Gallery and Museum counter (not the Tourist Information desk) and the SYDNI Centre, Cottage Square, (off Marloes Walk) Sydenham, CV31 1PT.
Lest We Forget – The Southam Men in The Great War
In this period from 2014 to 2018 we remember those who served in the First World War.
Alan Griffin has written the story of some of the men from the small town of nearby Southam who gave so much.
Author: Alan Griffin
Available from email@example.com
Pubs of Royal Leamington Spa – Two Centuries of History
Our members Allan Jennings and Tom Lewin, along with colleague Martin Ellis, have published their much anticipated book Pubs of Royal Leamington Spa – Two Centuries of History – Published by Brewin Books of Studley ISBN 9 781858 585222.
Many books have been written about Leamington’s history, but this one is unique – it is the first to document the history of its pubs. The authors have painstakingly researched more than 200 years of history tracking back to a time in the late 1700s when the small village of Leamington Priors had around 300 residents and just 2 inns. At 429 pages long with more than 220 entries and 250 illustrations, this comprehensive work traces the number of co-existing pubs from just 2 to a peak of over 100 before the progressive decline to less than 60 at the end of 2013; opening/closing dates, licensee listings and snippets of social history are also included. Whether you are a serious historian, a nostalgic Leamingtonian with a hankering for the local pubs of bygone days or someone who will just enjoy checking out the photos over a quiet pint, this is the book for you. This book is now only available from Waterstones bookshop in Leamington Spa.
More information is available from Allan on firstname.lastname@example.org
Royal Leamington Spa: Exploring with a Sketchbook
Mick Jeffs, one of our members, has reprinted some copies of this book which is arranged in seven walks around the town.
Each page has one of Mick’s drawings and a brief note on the history of the area. It is 156 pages for a cover price of £12.50. ISBN 9 780956 277312.
It is available from bookshops and may also be ordered from Mick at www.shaybooks.co.uk
Obelisks of Warwickshire
Robin Stott, one of our members, talked to us about the obelisks in the county at our meeting in December 2012 and is joint author of this new book. Many unexpected obelisks have been found and many are illustrated within. You can find out more about it and how to order it by clicking here
Warwick: Exploring with a Sketchbook
Mick Jeffs, one of our members, has recently published this book about Warwick. It is in the style of a graphic novel (a posh name for a comic book) and tells the story of Warwick in four walks from 914 AD. It is illustrated with over 300 of Mick’s drawings and is 112 pages for a cover price of £10. ISBN 9 780956 277329.
It is available from bookshops and may also be ordered from Mick at www.shaybooks.co.uk