Alderman Alfred Holt (1858 – 1943) became a leading figure in Royal Leamington Spa after he settled in the town in the late nineteenth century. Strong minded and independently wealthy, he ‘played the part of a benevolent despot for half a century’. Much of Alfred’s work on behalf of Leamington Spa has since been largely forgotten, although several of the projects he supported have proved of enduring value and continues to benefit the town today. This exhibition and catalogue present for the first time an appreciation of one of Leamington Spa’s ‘most generous and public-spirited residents.’