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35 Avenue Road, Leamington Spa, CV31 3PG, United Kingdom
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Leamington - it's name
Although listed here on VT as Royal Leamington Spa, and indeed this is its formal name, you will probably get some strange looks if you ask people in Britain about "Royal Leamington Spa". Make sure you drop the Royal bit. Even the majority of road signs just refer to it as Leamington, although Leamington Spa is just as acceptable. You may even confuse people from outside the immediate area if you refer to it as RLS (I've got fed up typing it in again...).
Old Milverton is a beautiful little hamlet a short distance outside Leamington. It's walkable, if you are reasonably fit, and the walk itself is through some typically English countryside. The hamlet is most famous for its distinctive parish church.
I don't think I have ever seen a picture of Queen Victoria where she isn't old and severe looking. This statue seems to go one worse though. She appears to look like a man in very unconvincing drag.
The severe (and unamused) look is still well captured however. Queen Victoria is celebrated in Britain as the longest serving monarch of the country, although the present incumbent (Queen Elizabeth II) is starting to give her a good run for her money. You can find this statue just outside the Town Hall, which is very close to Jephson Gardens.
This may look like a litter bin at the end of a big pole (which would make it pretty hard to get your litter inside...), and there is actually a litter bin at the bottom of this picture, but what this actually is, is a beacon. In olden times (before telecommunications and the telegraph), the quick way to send a warning was to light a fire on top of a hill which could been seen from a distance and the warning (or news) relayed on. The last time I can remember a nationwide event where these were used was in 1977 when the Queen had her Silver Jubilee (25 years on the throne). Then a whole series of these were lit all over Britain. This beacon is indeed on top of a hill just outside of Leamington.
3 Pillar Boxes
Outside of London, this is quite an unusual sight - 3 pillar boxes (post boxes) all in a row. These are one of the more modern designs, and are not especially attractive (to me at any rate), but to a foreign tourist, they may represent a typically British photo opportunity! In case you want to find them, they are very close to the parish Church of All Saints, which is pretty close to Jephson Gardens.