Newbold Comyn Arms is proud to be based in Royal Leamington Spa, one of the most affluent areas of the Midlands. The town made popular after the discovery of its Spa waters in 1784 by Dr Kerr boasts a wealth of history and influential characters from both past and present. Below is a small selection of information about our town:
Newbold Comyn and Willes Estate
Newbold Comyn Park consists of more than 300 acres of land, originally laid out in its current form in the 1970's after the Willes Family Newbold Comyn Farm was acquired by Leamington Corporation.
The northern half of the park land is ....More
Anthony Eden PM
Entering his life into the political world, Robert Anthony Eden also
popularly known as Captain Eden, was elected as a Member of Parliament
in the December 1923 General Election. The Conservative was to represent
Leamington Spa and ....More
The name Flavel has nationally travelled and is renowned for quality electrical and gas products; but who was to know that the secure brand began its life as a manufacturer in our little town.
Flavel was introduced into the UK; as the ....More
Aleister Crowley known as "The Great Beast" and "The Wickedest Man In The World"; was born at 30 Clarendon Square, Royal Leamington Spa on 12 October 1875. He was known best for being extremely controversial, a man before his time.
Alderman ST Wackrill - First Mayor of Leamington
The first Mayor of Leamington was Alderman ST Wackrill, he lived on Portland Street and was a draper on Bath Street. Alderman was chose the towns motto, 'Sola bona quae honesta' meaning; 'Those things alone are good which are honourable'.
William De Normanville
William De Normanville was the towns engineer and is responsible for some of the finest creations, which still stand today.
Victoria Park, a place to socialise on a summers day was skilfully carved from an odd shape of land into the be ....More
Sir John Betjeman - Death in Leamington
She died in the upstairs bedroom
By the light of the ev'ning star
That shone through the plate glass window
From over Leamington Spa
Beside her lonely crochet
Lay patiently and unstirred,
But the fingers that would have work' ....More
Keeping up Appearances
British Sitcom, Keeping up Appearances was popular during its air time for 1990 to 1995. The show has had five series and an amazing four episodes, including four Christmas specials.
The BBC programme, now available on DVD has earned 1 ....More
Randolph Adolphus ('Randy') Turpin (7 June 1928-17 May 1966) known as
the Leamington Larruper, was an English boxer who was considered by some
to be Europe's best Middleweight boxer of the 1940s and 1950s.
in Leamington Spa, ....More
Architect and surveyor William Thomas has designed many of the fine developments in the town, including Lansdowne Circus; his most unusual creation. Thomas went on to Toronto designing many magnificent buildings.
The circular road was co ....More
The popular drama ran for 6 series during the late 90s, following a small town doctor and his lifestyle.
Paul Dangerfield mourns the tragic death of his wife and attempts to raise his teenage children alone; with twists and turns throu ....More
Town Halls in Leamington Spa
Leamington's first town hall has dated since 1831, it was built to match the fashionable town as the vast majority of buildings and development was south of the River Leam.
After much conflict regarding a new location for the town hall ....More
Charles Dickens one of the most established authors of his time, kept the public on their toes with cliff-hanger after cliff-hanger; leaving them waiting for the next instalment.
Some of his most famous work is: Oliver Twist, A Christm ....More
The crescent was built alongside Lansdowne circus, designed by William Thomas; Suffolk born architect.
Lansdowne Crescent was built in 1835, and elegant creation with 25 regency styled homes. Each building consisted five storeys and at ....More
BBC Series Mayo
The Detective drama/comedy series was made by the BBC, the series was based on the books written by Marjorie Eccles; Gil Mayo Mysteries Books.
Starring, Alistair McGowan, Jessica Oyelowo, Loo Brealey and Huw Rhys the series proved to b ....More
The Royal Pump Rooms
With the progression of the new town starting in 1908, it dawned upon
landowner, Mr Greatheed; the new houses would become isolated from
existing baths in the old town.
With that in mind, the New Pump
Rooms and Baths opened in, ....More
Nicknamed 'Codies' in magazines, one the oldest British game developers was co- founded by Richard and David Darling; in 1985. The pair have were selected Commanders of the Order of the British Empire in the Queens birthday honours 2008 as ....More
Guide Dogs for the blind
Founded in 1931; Guide Dogs for the blind is a charity surviving on voluntary donations, receiving absolutely no government funding. The charity is supported by 10,000 volunteers and has helped over 21,000 partially sighted and blind people ....More
Elephants in Leamington
Many have heard of the Elephant walk in Leamington, Heigler's Equestrian Circus housed their elephants in the Elephant House on Morrell Street; the building has a lot of history and it reads,
'In 1849 Heigler's Equestrian Circus occupi ....More
"To me, To you, To me, To You, To me, To you", for those of you growing up in the early nineties this iconic catchphrase will be one you certainly remember; being non other than the two brothers of, ChuckleVision.
The family sitcom air ....More
What is now the Jephson Gardens was once named the Newbold Pleasure Gardens; laid out by Edward Willes it was the place for the wealthy to be seen. There was free entry into the gardens between 7 and 10 am; for the rest of the day there was ....More
A Club House has been on site at Victoria Park for over one hundred
years; the current building was rebuilt in 1995 to impress those
attending the Women's World Bowls which was hosted in Leamington in
The club house is now ....More
Louis Napoleon and his stay in Royal Leamington Spa
The birth of Napoleon III also known as Louis Napoleon, he was son to Louis Bonaparte and Hortense de Beauharnais. Louis Bonaparte was brother to Napoleon I and Hortense was daughter to Napoleon I and Empress Josephine de Beauharnais, his w ....More
Built in 1819, the Regent Hotel was designed by Mr CS Smith; whom is responsible for much of the beautiful architecture in the town which still stands today. The land was purchased from the notorious, Mr Greatheed, one of the three largest ....More
Royal Leamington Spa was formally known as Leamington Priors, in 1814 the Royal Pump Rooms and Baths were opened; these were renowned for curing people. The Spa attracted many of the rich and famous including some of the royal family.
Sir Bernard Henry Spilsbury
An English Pathologist, working on some of the most famous murder cases such as: Blazing Car Murder, Brides in the Bath, the Button and Badge Murder and the Sydney Fox matricide case; Sir Bernard Henry Spilsbury was the eldest of four child ....More
Sir Frank Whittle and the Jet Engine
Growing up in Leamington Spa, Sir Frank Whittle was the eldest son to Moses and Sara Alice Whittle; his father a practical engineer and mechanic certainly plays a drastic influence on his later achievements.
Attending Milverton School ....More
The Home of Modern Tennis
The history of tennis can date back to the ancient Egyptian times; but it wasn‘t until the mid 1800's that the modern sport was developed. Major Harry Gem a solicitor and his friend Aguurio Perera Spanish merchant combined the Spanish Pelot ....More
Tony Banger Walsh
Tony Walsh began his career as one to be the biggest name in the wrestling game; "I remember lying on the canvas hearing the crowd cheering, booing and shouting - this was where I belonged."
As he furthered into his career he quickly r ....More
Spas in Leamington
Leamington Spa is prominent for it spa water, the alleged healing water has been known since the times of Romans.
The first spring was recorded in 1480 outside the parish church, the next was over three hundred years later when B ....More
In the late 1800's there was much concern about the town's drinking water; the water was coming from the wells and river, clearly polluted. An order from London had banned the drinking water as unfit for consumption.
In 1870, a L ....More
Czechoslovakia War Memorial
In the early 1940s SS-Obergruppenfuhrer Reinhard Heydrich was the Nazi in command of Czechoslovakia. He was extremely ruthless (he had been appointed to crush the Czech Resistance). His nickname "The Butcher of Prague" leaves little to the ....More
The actor who played Phil Archer in the BBC Radio 4 Soap Opera 'The Archers', was the longest surviving member of the cast; the series began on the 1st January 1951. Receiving an entry in the Guinness book of records for the longest c ....More