Leamington Spa is a spa town and civil parish of Warwickshire in the West Midlands. About 52,000 people call Leamington home. It started as a small village and was called Leamington Priors for most of its recorded history from 1086 up until the late 18th century. Its rise as a spa destination started with the rediscovery of its refreshing spring waters that came from the River Leam, which the town is named after.
The affluent visited the town in droves, growing its reputation as a holiday spot, with more bath houses and hotels established to accommodate the increasing number of visitors. It was in 1838 when Queen Victoria added the prefix “Royal” to the town’s name, which was also changed to Leamington Spa, hence its official name Royal Leamington Spa. As the spa industry grew, so did the population, rapidly jumping up from hundreds to tens of thousands 1801 to 1851.
The spa industry slowed down significantly by the turn of the 20th century, and Leamington Spa is now known as a choice residential and commercial area. Also known as Silicon Spa, Leamington is notable for its current concentration of digital media companies focused on video game development.