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Leamington Spa

Royal Leamington Spa [map] is the ideal place to visit during a break in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

The history of the Spa dates back to 1086 – and probably beyond – when it was listed in the Domesday Book as “Lamintone”.

Leamington Spa is famous for its beneficial springs and the first of these was said to be discovered in 1480 outside the All Saints Parish Church. The second saline spring was discovered by Benjamin Satchwell and William Abbotts on 14th January, 1784.

In 1790 the third Spring was discovered and the fourth in 1804 at Robbin’s Well in Victoria Terrace. A fifth and sixth were discovered shortly after.

The springs became fashionable in the 18th and early 19th century when wealthy people began to flock to the area to enjoy the health benefits of the springs and their mystical powers.

Many of these people deserted the area with the advent of the railway system and chose to take their leisure time beside the sea but Leamington Spa has remained a popular place full of history and a mythical aura.

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