The Dark Side of Warwick

On Tuesday 8th November, the Warwick Society’s monthly meeting will feature a talk by Unlocking Warwick about ‘The Darker Side of Warwick’ in Victorian times.

Kate Sargent has been researching the cases heard by magistrates in the Jury Street Court House in the mid-19th Century, and the reports to the Warwick Board of Health about the overcrowding and insanitary conditions on the north and west sides of the town, a stone’s throw from the Lord Leycester Hospital where the meeting will take place. 

The accounts to be found in the County Record Office show a sharp contrast between the attitudes of the town’s administrators to the wealthy nobility, and the large numbers of poor and destitute people, including many refugees from the Irish famine.

The meeting starts at 7.30pm and you don’t have to be a member of The Warwick Society to come along.  Email: