Surprisingly inspiring town of Leamington Spa

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Thanks to Powershift (motto: “data science is the new rocket science”) I recently visited Leamington Spa to present a few simple growth hacking ideas.

In the process of wandering around waiting for our meeting, I picked up two curious historical facts about WWII, which was unexpected as I associated the town’s history around the Royal Pump Rooms and Baths:

  • The blast from a bomb dropped by the German Luffwaffe moved the statue to Queen Victoria in the centre of town by one inch, but failed to destroy it.
  • The HQ for the Camouflage Unit was based in RLS during WWII, and employed many artists, including Christopher Ironside, who later designed the decimal coinage.


I also stumbled across a large Polish Club down one of the backstreets of the town. However, I missed the fact that the Free Czechoslovak Army, which was based there during the war.

If I get the chance to travel to Leamington again I’ll be sure to visit the memorial in Jephson Gardens, and do a little more ‘growth hacking’, history-geek-style.

While I was ‘killing time’ I also popped into see the film ‘Lucy’, directed by Luc Besson, at Leamington’s Vue Cinema, but had to leave at a critical point to make our meeting!

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Why Leicester is so key to the Wars of the Roses

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My comment in The Independent today:

“It’s not quite correct that the Battle of Bosworth, where Richard III was slain, brought to a close the Wars of the Roses. Two years later at the Battle of Stoke Field in 1487 the Yorkists fought their last stand. The two battlefields are 44.6 miles or so from each other. This adds to the historic importance of the city of Leicester, which lies between them, and where the body of Richard III was found.

“So far the debate about where Richard III should be buried has not considered the importance of Leicester in this strategic context, at a pivotal location between the final battles of the Wars of the Roses, and where the last English King to die in battle was buried.”