William Lewin, uncle of two Leamington HG members, was a qualified carpenter and joiner who worked for many years at local builders Wallsgrove Bros of Clarendon Street and Leicester Street. He later became a buildings inspector for the local council. He was also a well known musician and played the accordion at many local cabaret functions.
William is shown in the photograph carving the memorial plaque to Sir Frank Whittle, which still hangs in Milverton Primary School, where Frank had been a pupil. Frank P Wallsgrove, one of the directors of Wallsgrove Bros wrote the inscription on the back of the photograph (above) prior to its publication in the Leamington Courier.
In the 1950s, he also carved the wooden coat of arms plaques which used to hang at each main road entrance to Leamington, now sadly long gone, and the ‘Whittle’ board which once hung in Leamington College. A replica (right) now hangs in the entrance to the Leamington Spa Art Gallery at the Pump Rooms.