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6. An Autumn day in Royal Leamington Spa

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INDEX of Leamington Spa sections

(a) The Regent Hotel - converted to a Travelodge

(b) The Parade and buildings

(c) The Pump Room Gardens and St Peter's Church

(d) All Saints Church and the Old Library

(e) Jephson Gardens including the Hothouse, Jephson Memorial, Cafe, River Leam Mill Bridge

(f) Royal Pump Room Baths Museum, Art Gallery, Library and Cafe

(g) The East Lodge Art Gallery

(h) Other miscellaneous buildings including the Art Deco Railway Station


(a) The Regent Hotel - converted to a Travelodge, Leamington Spa

Regent Hotel Travelodge Regent Court shopping arcade Leamington Spa

The Regent Hotel - entrance to the Leamington Spa Travelodge, on the right is the Regent Court Shopping Centre Arcade.

The first steps towards building the Regent Hotel came in 1809 with the purchase of a plot of land to build on. The foundation stone was laid some eight years later on 18 July 1818 by the granddaughter of the original landowner. The Regent Hotel was officially opened on 19 August 1819. It was during the early years that the Regent Hotel had its most famous visitor, Princess Victoria, the future Queen Victoria. In 1830 the princess, age 11, stayed overnight at the hotel with her father. Eight years later from the balcony of the hotel it was announced that Victoria, now Queen, had allowed the prefix Royal on its name, which the town still bears to the day. In these early days the Regent Hotel was one of the largest in Europe with over 100 rooms. In these early days the Regent Hotel was not just a place where the wealthy tourists stayed whilst 'taking the waters' but it was also an important meeting place for local gentry and landowners, those who were to shape the future of Leamington Spa.

Regent Hotel stained glass window panels Leamington Spa

Stained glass window panels in the Regent Hotel, Leamington Spa.

The lower crest is that of the Prince Regent.

 

Regent Hotel stained glass window panels  Leamington Spa

Stained glass window panels in the Regent Hotel, Leamington Spa.

 

Queen Victoria dated 1901 Regent Hotel stained glass window panels Leamington Spa Napoleon III, dated 1873 Regent Hotel stained glass window panels Leamington Spa

Details of the Stained glass window panels in the Regent Hotel, Leamington Spa.

Queen Victoria dated 1901 and Napoleon III, dated 1873, who had visited Leamington Spa in 1838.

Regent Hotel in 1820 stained glass window panels Leamington Spa

The middle panels depicts the Regent Hotel as it was in 1820

 

Regent Hotel stained glass window panels Leamington Spa

Stained glass window panels in the Regent Hotel, Leamington Spa.

 

Sarah Bernhardt Regent Hotel stained glass window panels Leamington Spa Duke of Wellington Leamington Spa

Sarah Bernhardt 1845-1923 and the Duke of Wellington 1769-1852

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Regent Hotel stained glass window panels Leamington Spa

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807-1882


(b) The Parade and Buildings, Leamington Spa

Parade facade of the Royal Pump Room Baths Leamington Spa

The Parade facade of the Royal Pump Room Baths at the lower end of the Parade.

 

Parade grand entrance to the Co-Operative Food store Leamington Spa

The lower end of the Parade, and the rather grand entrance to the Co-Operative Food store

 

Bill's Breakfast on the Parade Leamington Spa

Bill's Breakfast on the Leamington Spa Parade

 

Town Hall, Queen Victoria monument, Obelisk Leamington Spa

Town Hall, Queen Victoria monument, Obelisk on Leamington Spa's Parade

 

Wagamama restaurant Leamington Spa

The Parade entrance to the Regent Hotel, actually the entrance to the Wagamama restaurant in Leamington Spa.

 

upper end of the Parade where Regent Street crosses it Leamington Spa

The upper end of the Parade where Regent Street crosses it in Leamington Spa.

 


(c) The Pump Room Gardens and St Peter's Church, Leamington Spa

View of St Peter's Church from across the Pump Room Gardens Leamington Spa

View of St Peter's Church from across the Pump Room Gardens, Leamington Spa

 

exterior architecture of St Peters' Roman Catholic Church Leamington Spa

The exterior architecture of St Peters' Roman Catholic Church, Leamington Spa

'apse' end of St Peter the Apostle RC Church Leamington Spa

The 'apse' end of St Peter the Apostle RC Church, Leamington Spa


(d) All Saints Parish Church, Leamington Spa

south view of All Saints Church Leamington Spa

The south view of All Saints Church, Leamington Spa.

 

All Saints Church south transept Rose Window Leamington Spa

Details of the south-east end of All Saints Church, including the tracery of the wonderful south transept Rose Window.

 

Old Library pub in Bath Street Leamington Spa

The Old Library pub in Bath Street, Leamington Spa


(e) Jephson Gardens including the Hothouse, Jephson Memorial, Cafe and River Leam Mill Bridge, Leamington Spa

lovely formal garden in the Jephson Gardens Leamington Spa

The lovely formal garden in the Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa

 

fountains in the Jephson Gardens Leamington Spa

The fountains in the Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa

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elephant circle seat sculpture a seated boy Jephson Gardens Leamington Spa

The elephant circle seat sculpture of three elephants and a boy seated on one of them, Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa

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Jephson memorial set in the Jephson Gardens Leamington Spa

The Jephson memorial set in the Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa

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entrance to Jephson memorial in the Jephson Gardens Leamington Spa memorial statue to Dr Henry Jephson in Gardens Leamington Spa

The entrance to the Jephson Memorial and the statue of Dr Henry Jephson inside it.

 

entrance to 'The Glasshouse' in the Jephson Gardens Leamington Spa

The entrance to 'The Glasshouse' in the Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa

 

interior of the Glasshouse, filled with tropical plants and stones Leamington Spa

The interior of the Glasshouse, filled with tropical plants and stones.

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There is an interesting collection of plants in the Glasshouse and evolutionary trail is explained.

 

What makes a good soil Glasshouse Jephson Gardens Leamington Spa

Find out what makes a good quality soil in the Glasshouse.

 

River Leam passes by the Jephson Gardens Leamington Spa

The River Leam passes by the Jephson Gardens in Leamington Spa.

 

memorial steel sculpture to William Louis de Normanville Jephson Gardens Leamington Spa

The memorial steel sculpture to William Louis de Normanville (1843-1928), a brilliant engineer with many of his works in Royal Leamington Spa itself, including the Mill Suspension Bridge, weir and hydroelectric generator (see below).

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The Mill suspension bridge and weir, which backed up water to drive a dynamo - hydroelectric power scheme.

 

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The Aviary Cafe in Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa


(f) Royal Pump Room Baths Museum, Art Gallery, Library and Cafe, Leamington Spa

Royal Pump Room Baths Leamington Spa

The Royal Pump Room Baths which now houses the library, museum, cafe and art gallery.

 

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Some bits of the original baths architecture ...

Turkish baths architecture Royal Pump Room Baths Leamington Spa

... survives, 'Turkish' style baths!

museuem history Royal Pump Room Baths Leamington Spa

The social history of Leamington Spa ...

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.. is explained in various displays.

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art gallery royal pump room baths Leamington Spa

There is a small display of artworks in the gallery including ...

painting Winter's White Silence by Lucy Kemp Welch. Leamington Spa museum art gallery

... a fine painting "Winter's White Silence" by Lucy Kemp Welch.

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(g) The East Lodge Art Gallery

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 Leamington Spa At the eastern end of Jephson Gardens is the East Lodge Gallery.

It has several small gallery rooms but packed full of paintings.

When I visited the gallery, the displays were mainly the work of the local Leamington Spa Studio Artists painters group.

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(h) Other miscellaneous buildings including the Art Deco Railway Station

Art Deco Railway Station Leamington Spa

The Grade II listed Art Deco Leamington Spa Railway Station opened in 1939 by the Great Western Railway to replace the original building of 1852.

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Congregational Church Chapel 1 3 Spencer Street, Grade II listed buildings semi-detached villas Leamington Spa

Buildings on Spencer Street.

On the left 1 and 3 Spencer Street, Grade II listed buildings, a pair of semi-detached villas dating from 1842.

on the right the former Congregational Church, Leamington Spa, this 'disused' chapel may be developed into a theatre?


Key words: Leamington Spa, Parade, Regent Hotel Travelodge, All Saints Anglican Church, St Peter's RC Church, Royal Pump Room Baths, library, cafe, museum, art gallery, Pump Room Gardens, Old Library Jephson Gardens, Hothouse (tropical house), Jephson Memorial, Aviary Cafe, Mill Suspension Bridge and weir, River Leam, Bill's Breakfast Cafe



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