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19 Facts About Leamington Spa
Old village of Leamington Spa Priors was on the southern bank of the River Leam, and early development was based around this.
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Growth of Leamington Spa was rapid; at the time of the first national census in 1801, Leamington Spa had a population of just 315, by 1851 this had grown to 15,724, and by 1901, the population had reached 26,888.
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Leamington Spa is closely associated with the founding of lawn tennis.
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Leamington Spa is divided by the River Leam running east to west, which is susceptible to flooding in extreme weather, with especially heavy floods in 1998 and 2007.
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Leamington Spa has several suburbs; the town has encompassed the former village of Lillington, directly to the north of the town centre.
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Leamington Spa is a town and civil parish in the Warwick District, an administrative division of the county of Warwickshire.
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In 2002 Leamington Spa became a civil parish and gained a new Town Council.
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Leamington Spa is part of the parliamentary constituency of Warwick and Leamington Spa.
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Amongst the Anglican churches in Leamington Spa is the Gothic parish church All Saints' Church, and St John the Baptist's Church.
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Leamington Spa and the surrounding area, known as Silicon Spa, is a significant global centre for the video game industry, with a higher than average proportion of digital media companies involved in games development, digital design and publishing, and over a thousand employed directly in game development.
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Those within Leamington Spa include the state secondary schools of North Leamington Spa School, Campion School, Trinity Catholic School, and the independent schools of Arnold Lodge School, a co-educational school for pupils aged 3 to 18, and Kingsley School, a school for girls.
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Myton School in Warwick, although located just outside Leamington Spa, includes parts of Leamington Spa as being within its priority area.
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Leamington Spa is the location of the first of Warwickshire College's six sites, and additionally another site is located just outside the town.
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Leamington Spa is home to two national educational charities – The Smallpeice Trust and The Arkwright Scholarships Trust.
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In December 2005 the band Nizlopi from Leamington Spa, reached Number 1 in the UK Singles Chart with The JCB Song.
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Leamington Spa appeared as a location in ChuckleVision, and Keeping Up Appearances.
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Famous people who were born in Leamington Spa include the world champion boxer Randolph Turpin, the poet, mountaineer, magician, and occultist Aleister Crowley, the pathologist Sir Bernard Spilsbury, the artist Sir Terry Frost, the actor, broadcaster and writer Norman Painting, and professional footballer Ben Foster.
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