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19th Aug, 2022

Blue plaques commemorate two formidable Leamington women

BLUE plaques commemorating the lives and achievements of two renowned Leamington women have been unveiled.

Eleanor Doorly spent two decades as head of King’s High School from 1922.

Ms Doorly was the recipient of the Carnegie Medal for children’s literature in 1939 for her book The Radium Woman – a biography of Marie Curie.

She lived at 23 St Mary’s Crescent where the plaque commemorating her life and achievements

was unveiled by deputy town mayor Nick Wilkins and relative David Doorly.

Philanthropist Margaret Maitland Fowler ran the former Blue Café and Dance Hall in Bath Street – now home to Iceland.

She received an OBE for her services to disabled servicemen and The Red Cross. Mrs Fowler supported military veterans after the Second World War and kept the popular venue going throughout the war, until 1945, as a place of respite and relaxation.

Everything was blue from the paint on the walls to the curtains and table cloths and even Mrs Fowler dressed herself in matching colours.

The plaque was unveiled by Coun Wilkins and Graham Cooper – a long-standing member of the Leamington Blue Plaques Group.

Coun Wilkins said: “I am proud and pleased on behalf of Leamington Spa Town Council and the Blue Plaques Group to unveil these two blue plaques to two such formidable women who were Leamington legends in their own lifetimes.”

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