Welcome to www.victoriankenilworth.co.uk
the website of
Robin D Leach and
This website was originally set up to promote my fourth, and first self-published, book "Victorian Kenilworth and its People"; its expansion continues with further articles and items of historical interest. It is now relaunched in its third format, special thanks to Sam Leach who has made this possible.
Most recent publication
'Kenilworth People and Places, Volume 2' (2013)...
Amongst the subjects included is the history of the first 25 years of Kenilworth's Carnival, (see the links to three carnival pages in the 'Local History Articles' menu).
Also included are house histories of 'Elmdene', 'The Hermitage', 'Woodlands', 'Woodside' and the Cay family, 'Thornby House', 'The Poplars', 'Wilton House' and 'Thickthorn'.
Other subjects covered are Various aspects of pre- WW2 housing in Kenilworth, the Old Folks Club, Kenilworth Boys College, the Library, Kenilworth's water system and the conversion to houses of the water tower and reservoir, artists and photographers associated with the town before WW1, Kenilworth's mystery & thriller writers, the day two future kings were entertained by a farmer's wife, and many life stories of individuals.
"Once again, Kenilworth and the wider world are greatly indebted to Robin for assiduous research and skilled, readable presentation of his findings. There are many human stories, of high and low, some moving some tragic, some surprising, and much elucidation of the complicated growth and change (and in some cases disappearance) of buildings and estates. Through its inhabitants, Kenilworth's links to the worlds of industry and the visual and literary arts are explored, as well as its (inevitable) links with nearby towns and villages."
(From 'Kenilworth History 2014', the publication of the Kenilworth History and Archaeology Society)
Forthcoming Publication, Autumn 2015
'A Portrait of Kenilworth in Street-Names'
A fully revised third edition in conjunction with its original author Dr Geoff Hilton, due for publication in September 2015. See the 'Book List' menu for further details
In Preparation for planned publication
'Kenilworth People and Places, Volume 3'
All my books (see menu)
are available through this website
and at 'Kenilworth Books' in Talisman Square.
Further details can be found on the book's own pages.
Purchase any other book and get a copy of 'Victorian Kenilworth & its People' for only £8.50
I am regularly invited by local societies and groups to give presentations on various aspects of Kenilworth's history. These are not just slide shows but illustrated talks using old as well as new photographs, maps and documents.
Details can be found on the 'Presentations' page on the 'Main Menu'
Local History articles
With its own menu are some of the 60 or so articles that I have researched, written for, and had published in, the Kenilworth Weekly News.
One aspect of Kenilworth's history, the years of World War 2, is deserving of wider coverage and so I have created its own website.
Contributions to this are of course welcome.
I have a simple philosophy in that the history of Kenilworth belongs to us all, not just to the historians, and so an application to use information, or photographs, from this website or from my books is certain to be received favourably, but the courtesy of 'asking first' is requested, as is the recording of the source upon re-publication.
Unless stated, all photographs on this website are taken by myself, with the exception of some of those shown on book covers.
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