Worcestershire spa town Royal Leamington Spa is built on the river Leam hence the name. The spa dates back to the foundation of the Royal Pump Rooms and Baths opened in 1814. Visitors could take the cures in the salty spa water and the town became known as a resort like Harrogate in Yorkshire and Cheltenham in the west country.
While never as well known as Bath, Leamington became a beacon for midlands high society. Famous people identified with the town include artist Sir Terry Frost who was born in the town and comedian Russell Howard who lives in the town.