Articles with the tag: Community


The Relieving Officer

The Relieving Officer

In the days before the introduction of the benefits system of the welfare state, it was the job of the Relieving Officer to identify the needy in his district and address those needs to the best of his ability.  The 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act introduced a National...
Dr John Hitchman. 1805-1867

Dr John Hitchman. 1805-1867

The photograph is plainly of a mid Victorian gentleman: dark suit and waistcoat, high turnover collar, dark circle of cravat, and yet not over-tidy, rustic almost; a shortish man with a short neck, chunky rather than burly; leaning forward as if in conversation, fair...
William Louis de Normanville (1843-1928)

William Louis de Normanville (1843-1928)

William Louis de Normanville’s family originated in Normandy. His grandfather, the Marquis de Normanville had escaped from the Revolution in 1792, leaving his family behind in the sadly mistaken belief that women and children would be safe from revolutionaries....
Leamington’s First Floor Chapels

Leamington’s First Floor Chapels

Leamington had many chapels, some are long gone, others have been put to alternative uses, and some lie empty,  probably damp and derelict, awaiting their fate.  The ex- Baptist chapel on Clarendon Street is one such, being proposed currently for demolition and...
The Polish Community in Leamington Spa

The Polish Community in Leamington Spa

  The building you see here is the Polish Centre, which was originally Leamington Spa’s Town Hall, designed for the Town Commissioners in 1831 by the architect Russell, who also designed the now demolished Warneford Hospital. The building, although small, housed...