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BLUE PLAQUES 

Whilst not a very old Town, Royal Leamington Spa has many connections with nobility, the famous and infamous, the talented and the courageous.

A group of voluntary and statutory bodies have come together to promote and fund the erection of "blue" plaques in the Town. To be considered for a plaque the person to be commemorated must satisfy one or more of the following:-

  • be seen as eminent by Members of their own profession or calling
  • have made an important contribution to human welfare or happiness
  • have made a significant contribution to, or impact on, the life or development of Royal Leamington Spa, or their activities must have been of national significance
  • be recognisable to the well informed passer by, or deserve national recognition
  • have distinguished themselves by significant public service, or an act of bravery, or committed a notorious act.
  • have been deceased for a minimum of twenty years.

There are occasions where it may be more appropriate to commemorate an event rather than a single person - for example Leamington Spa has the distinction of being associated with the birth of Lawn Tennis. In such instances an Historic Interest Plaque will be considered.

Plaques have been erected to the following persons:-

Name  Occupation  Address
Nathaniel Hawthorne  Novelist 10 Lansdowne Circus
William De Normanville Engineer 6 Clarendon Crescent
Samuel Wackrill First Mayor of Leamington Spa 28 Portland Street
Malcolm Sayer  Designer of "E" Type Jaguar 26 Portland Place West
Elizabeth and Frederick Whitehead  Artists 5 Willes Road
Randolph Turpin  Boxer 6 Willes Road
 Sir Terry Frost  Artist Stamford Gardens (Rugby Road)
 Napoleon III Emperor of France  6 Clarendon Square

 Dr Henry Jephson

 Doctor/Philanthropist 118 Parade
William and James Renshaw  Tennis Players 60 Holly Walk
John Ruskin Writer/Artist/Social Revolutionary/Conservationist 8 Russell Terrace
Robert Simpson Composer and Writer Rosefield Street
Herbert Cox Watercolourist 7 Manor Road, Lillington
Sidney Flavel Iron Founder and Businessman 24 Newbold Terrace
Norman Painting Radio Personality, writer and Countryman 28 Grove Street
Henry Tandey Holder of Victoria Cross and most decorated Private of World War 1 Angel Hotel, Kenilworth Street
Mary Dormer Harris Historian 16 Gaveston Road
Thomas Baker Artist 13 Church Street
Dr John Hitchman Doctor and Benefactor Boots, Warwick Street
Sir Frank Whittle Jet Engine Designer 9 Victoria Street
John Wisden Cricketer and Almanac Compiler The Cricketers, Archery Road**
Benjamin Satchwell Philanthropist and pioneer of Leamington as a fashionable Town Satchwell Granary, 2 New Street
Samuel Lockhart Elephant Trainer 1 Warwick New Road
William Amey Holder of the Victoria Cross 13 Willes Road
Henry Peach Robinson Pioneer Photographer 60-64 Parade
Bernard Spilsbury Groundbreaking Pathologist  35 Bath Street 
Frances Ridley Havergal Hymn Writer  43 Binswood Avenue 
John Cundall Architect  37 Warwick Street 
Henry Eric Maudslay Dambuster Pilot 1 Vicarage Road, Lillington 
William Gascoyne Stonemason, Builder and Politician 12 Willes Road
Juan Bautista Augurio Perera Pioneer of Lawn Tennis 33 Avenue Road 
Major Thomas Henry Gem Pioneer of Lawn Tennis Bericote House 8 Hamilton Terrace 
Eddie Hapgood England Football Captain 44 Heath Terrace
Woodbine St Recording Studio Studio where, amongst many other bands and recording artists, The Specials recorded "Ghost Town" in 1981 27 Woodbine Street
Eleanor Doorly Head of King's High School 1922 - 1944, winner of the Carnegie Medal for children's literature 23 St Mary's Crescent
Margaret Maitland Fowler Recipient of the OBE for services to The Red Cross and owner of The Blue Cafe The Parthenon, 56 Bath Street

** This plaque is a special interest plaque and reflects the fact that the Cricketers Arms is near the site of one of the earliest Cricket Pitches, at which Wisden and his great contemporary George Parr played.   If you wish to nominate someone to be recognised with a plaque, contact the Democratic Support Officer on 01926 450906.

 

You can now take part in our walks - there are three routes to choose from; each one reflecting the diversity of some of the famous people connected with the Town.

These are detailed here in our revamped and reissued walks leaflet. They are available as hard copies from the Town Hall and from the Tourist Information Centre in the Pump Rooms. (Please note that this document is subject to copyright and permission to reproduce it other than for individual use, is required from the Town Council. The Leamington Blue Plaque Group and the Town Council is grateful for the assistance of Robin Taylor in its composition).

 

A biography of each person commemorated including the four Plaques erected in 2021/22 can be found here: Biographies 2022