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Leamington Spa has the rare distinction of the right to use the prefix “Royal” through the grant of a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria in July 1838, a name that is only used by tourists. Leamington Spa is a medium-sized town in 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.

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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