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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.

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 

** 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 Town Clerk. 

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

These are detailed in our walks leaflet

A biography of each person commemorated is available in the enclosed document

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 

Blue Plaque Biographies - June 2018 

The Blue Plaque Group and Town Council is grateful for the asssistance of Robin Taylor in its composition..