In partnership with the wonderful Leamington History Group.
Join local author Adam Wood for a walk on the dark side of the streets, with true crime tales from Leamington's grim history on almost every corner. Two different tours are on offer:
BLOODY LEAMINGTON: THE POSH PART
Hear of the wife of a renowned Leamington doctor who was poisoned by their servant, why a local man just returned from military service burned his mother to death, and what happened when Scotland Yard detectives visited Leamington to question a man who had confessed to the brutal murder of a soldier in what was a nationwide tragedy. And that’s not to mention the baby farm discovered on Park Street, where desperate young women took their infants to avoid local disgrace... This walk is one and a half miles long, and starts outside the Fox & Vivian pub at 32 Clarendon Avenue. It lasts 90 minutes, and ends outside the Royal Pump Rooms. Cost is £10 per person.
BLOODIER LEAMINGTON: THE OLD TOWN
In this tour of the seedier side of town, we visit the spot where a Victorian Policeman was violently attacked in the course of his duty, and the pub which hosted the inquest into the tragic suicide of a young girl in service who had been caught stealing from her employer. We’ll hear of the tragic end to an unwanted pregnancy, and the story of the boy who was assaulted by a lion tamer on Clemens Street. You’ll also walk the street along which a mother crawled to her death after being beaten by her drunken daughter. The tour is one mile long, and starts and ends at the Temperance café and wine bar on Bath Street (CV31 3AF). It lasts 90 minutes. Cost is £10 per person.
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