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Leamington Spa has the rare distinction of the right to use the prefix “Royal” a name that is only used by tourists. The town is situated in the centre of Warwickshire, in the heart of the English countryside. It has a Georgian town centre with a modern shopping mall and a spa in the Royal Pump Rooms. Leamington is a nice place to live and a good place to visit with an exceptionally large number of pubs (the town centre alone had 65 licensed premises at the last count).

Formerly known as Leamington Priors – the town is about a dozen miles to the north of Stratford-upon-Avon and is now virtually joined to Warwick. Leamington grew around the saline springs and the Royal Pump Room and Baths, which were opened in 1814. A treatment at the baths was supposed to be very beneficial and claimed to cure many disorders - gout, rheumatism, stiffness of the joints etc. - and the spa water was drunk as a laxative. There are many beautiful old buildings in the town, which has a wide, main shopping street - the Parade - and some well-maintained gardens around the river Leam. Charles Dickens was a frequent visitor and set a scene in "Dombey and Son" in the town.

Did You Know

Royal Leamington Spa is one of only three towns in England to have been given the official prefix “Royal” and was granted by Queen Victoria in 1838.

People who live in or who come from Leamington are called Leamingtonians

Useful websites: -

Official Tourist Site
Leamington Spa Guide
Tourist Information Centre

The coat of arms consists of a shield that is horizontally divided silver above blue, centre by a two-tailed upright green lion behind a chevron of blue squirrel fur patches. At the top are three 5-pointed red stars, all surrounded by a blue border containing eight golden fleurs-de-lys. The knight's helmet supports a notched silver staff and gold staff entwined by a serpent, both crossed diagonally and shared with two sprigs of Forget-me-nots. The crest is draped in green and silver with gold tails and a motto beneath; Sola bona quae honesta.

The arms were granted to the Royal Leamington Spa Borough Council 6th November 1876.

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  • pisces1954's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Must go have a "proper" nosey round RLSpa as its only down the road... scary when you realise you dont check out your own/front garden enough ... nice page thank you

  • raquelitalarga's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    I feel very old as I remember the early peace festivals well! My family helped man a stall in 1984. Glad it's still going.

  • rachesuiphilippines's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2010 at 7:18 AM

    I love viewing postcards of churches.

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2010 at 8:09 AM

    You live in a really lovely town. I love the old buildings. ;-)

  • johngayton's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Nice page. I almost took up a job here many years ago but ended up in Exeter instead. There wasn't a lot in it when making the choice - I think Exeter offered more money. Cheers, John.

  • Andrew_W_K's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    I only live about 35 miles away and yet never seem to be anywhere near visiting. Must make more of an effort.

  • jelw's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2009 at 5:54 PM

    Thanks so for the Birthday wish Grahm.

  • margaretvn's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2008 at 3:44 AM

    years and years since I was there! Hope you had a great birthday yesterday - a belated Happy Birthday

  • timada's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    We are fond of your old postcards ... they are very nice. I worked hard since your welcome on VT !

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2008 at 3:49 AM

    Graham, fabulous little page with brilliant photos. I have been to many place in England but unfortunately never made it to Leamington Spa.

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