Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Warwickshire Places (17) : Leamington Spa

Leamington Spa, near to Warwick, is a spa town which grew rapidly during the nineteenth century. Leamington has existed since the Domesday Book where it was listed as Lamintone. The village was later known as Leamington Priors and remained a small village until the rediscovery of the spa waters (they had been originally known during Roman times) in the late eighteenth century.

The village greatly expanded and became a town during Georgian times. In 1838 Queen Victoria granted the town a "Royal" prefix, the town being renamed officially Royal Leamington Spa. The Queen herself having visited the town a couple of times in the mid-19th century. Leamington grew from a village of 315 people (according to the census) in 1801 to over 15, 000 by the mid-century!

Transport links at Leamington Spa include the Grand Union Canal which flows through the town and the railways which reached the town in 1844, the current station dates from 1852.