Following the Festival of Britain in 1951 Leamington held festivals of illuminations and concerts in Jephson Gardens. However, after complaints of loud music and voices, they were stopped in 1961.
The very first lawn tennis club in England was formed in Leamington in 1872 at the Manor House Hotel.
At the corner of the main walk by the Jephson memorial is a fountain to commemorate the members of the Free Czech expedition who set out from Leamington in 1942 to execute the SS governor of Czechoslovakia.
A slipway to the River Leam was used by local circus people to wash their animals, including elephants! The Elephant Wash slipway is still there today.
An eleven year old Princess Victoria spent her first overnight stay in a public building in Leamington.
Number 6, Clarendon Square was once home to Prince Louis Napolean who became Napolean III.
Frank Whittle (inventor of the jet engine) learned most of his engineering at his father's workshop, the Leamington Valve and Piston-Ring Co, at Clinton Street in Leamington.
Leamington's spa waters were well known as being good for making bread and preserving meat but they were also believed to cure rabies!
John Betjeman once wrote a poem called 'Death in Leamington' which started with: "She died in the upstairs bedroom; By the light of the evening star; That shone through the plate glass window; From over Leamington Spa..."
Leamington was mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086) but remained a small agricultural village until its spa fame in the late eighteenth century.
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