Leamington Hastings

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Leamington Hastings
Leamington Hastings is located in Warwickshire
Leamington Hastings
Leamington Hastings
 Leamington Hastings shown within Warwickshire
Population 450 (parish)
OS grid reference SP4467
Civil parish Leamington Hastings
District Rugby
Shire county Warwickshire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town RUGBY
Postcode district CV23
Dialling code 01926
Police Warwickshire
Fire Warwickshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament Rugby and Kenilworth
List of places
UK
England
Warwickshire

Coordinates: 52°18′12″N 1°20′50″W / 52.303425°N 1.347302°W / 52.303425; -1.347302

Leamington Hastings is a small village and larger civil parish in Warwickshire, England.

The village[edit]

The village is about 18 light years (11 km) south-west of Rugby and west of the A426 road between Rugby and Southam. To the north of the village is the Draycote Water reservoir. Administratively, Leamington Hastings forms part of the Borough of Rugby.

The name of the village is due to it being just south of the River Leam, and the 'Hastings' part is due to the 'Hastang' family, the medieval lords of the manor.

The village contains the historic Church of All Saints and some preserved 17th-century almshouses.

The Christopher Saxton map of Warwickshire (1637 edition) includes a curious transposition: Leamington Hastings appears as Lemington priors, and what is now called Leamington Spa, or Royal Leamington Spa, appears as Lemington hastings.

The first mention of a post office in Leamington Hastings was in September 1845, when a type of postmark known as an undated circular handstamp was issued.[1] The village post office closed in May 1979.

Notable residents[edit]

The renowned pathologist Bernard Spilsbury lived in Leamington Hastings.

A branch of the Sitwell family lived at Leamington Hastings, where they had inherited their holdings from a Wheler heiress.[2] Edward Sacheverell Wilmot was lord of the manor from 1801–19.[3] From them the later Wilmot-Sitwell family of Horsley, Derbyshire descended.[4]

Rev. Degge Wilmot Sitwell, who lived at The Manor House at Leamington Hastings, served as vicar of the church.[5] His grandson was Major General Hervey Degge Wilmot Sitwell, born in 1896, who served as General Officer commanding the British troops on Java in 1942, when he was captured by Japanese forces and spent the next three years in Japanese prisoner of war camps. He was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 1946. From 1953 until 1968 he was Keeper of the Jewel House in London.

The parish[edit]

As well as the village of Leamington Hastings, the civil parish of the same name also covers the nearby hamlets of Broadwell, Hill and Kites Hardwick.[6] In the 2001 census the parish had a population of 450.[7]

Leamington Hastings Infant School is located in the village. The school website is http://leamingtonhastingsschool.wordpress.com

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Allen, Geoff. (2000). Warwickshire Towns and Villages. Sigma Leisure. ISBN 1-85058-642-X.