Testament to Edwardian zeal
The buildings were erected on the Old Perkin’s Nursery site and comprised a Free Library & Technical School. The Technical School which occupied the larger part of the new building was built by the Corporation in response to the 1902 Balfour Education Act which for the first time enabled local authorities to provide and run schools.
The Free Library section of the building owed much to the efforts and initiative of Alderman Thomas Thursfield, a Warneford Hospital consultant and former Mayor of the borough, who over many years funded the purchase of books for the library.
It says much about the Edwardian’s zeal for self improvement that in those days over 800 Leamingtonians passed through the library doors each and every day. - Alan Griffin, Leam Street, Leamington.