About Royal Leamington Spa
Compared with Cities such as Winchester, York and Chester its history is a brief, but nevertheless a proud one. Like most Boroughs, Leamington has its civic insignia and gladly displays this on public occasions. Royal Leamington Spa became a borough in 1875 and the Charter of Incorporation, together with the Grant of Arms made the following year, are now housed in two handsome cabinets presented to the town by the Leamington Spa Courier.
Following the abolition of the Borough of Royal Leamington Spa by the Local Government Act, 1972, custody of the civic insignia was given to the Charter Trustees, a duty undertaken until the grant of Town Council status in 2002. The Town Council is now the custodian of this historic legacy.
How to get here
Royal Leamington Spa is 1 hour and six minutes by train from London Marylebone.
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Places of interest
Royal Leamington Spa was built on the Victorian belief in the medical properties of mineral spring water. Reflecting this heritage, the Town still retains a significant number of Practitioners of complementary and holistic health treatments.
In the twentieth century it became a manufacturing centre in support of the car industry.
In recent years it has been proven to be a profitable town in which to do business. It still has a sizeable manufacturing centre, but it has a wide range of creative industries as well and it is now a centre of a computer games industry which makes a major contribution to the local life and economy.
It is an important shopping centre with a wide range of independent shops and lively night-time economy. The Town regularly hosts a thriving Farmers Market on the 4th Saturday of every month between the hours of 9.00 am and 2.00 pm on the Pump Room Gardens. Anyone wishing to hire a stall can do so by contacting the Market operator E.G. Skett and Co on 01789 267000 or visit www.skettsfarmersmarkets.co.uk
You can find out more about the vibrant retail and commercial life of Leamington Spa by visiting www.royal-leamington-spa.co.uk/Retailer.aspx?Unit_No=RP
THE ROYAL PUMP ROOMS
A new cultural and tourism complex has been created in Leamington Spa’s historic Royal Pump Rooms. This building was the home of the Town’s last saline Spa and treatment continued on the site until the early 1990’s. A saliine spring still stands outside the Pump Rooms as a reminder of its former purpose.
The total cost of refurbishing the building was £7 million. The project, initiated by Warwick District Council, began in 1997 and was completed and opened to the public in the summer of 1999. The Town’s Art Gallery and Museum, Library and Tourist Information Centre have now moved here and are situated alongside the historic Assembly Room and a new Café.
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