English Gardens - West Midlands
Beautifully maintained Victorian gardens in the
centre of Royal Leamington Spa
Leamington Spa became popular as for the medicinal quality
of its waters at the end of the C18th. By the C19th it was a
popular resort and the splendid Royal Pump Rooms and Baths
were built near the River Leam. Across the road are the
Victorian Jephson Gardens, where the wealthy paraded to take
the air and to be seen. The gardens were badly damaged by
flooding in 1998 and have been carefully restored with a new
conservatory with Heritage Lottery Fund money. They are
still as popular today with their lake, grassy areas, trees,
conservatory and cafe.
The River Leam runs along the edge of the gardens and separates the gardens from the boating lake.
The most popular entrance is opposite the Royal Pump Rooms. The Hitchman Fountain by the gate is named after Dr John Hitchman, a prominent local citizen. This originally had a single jet but had to be modified after passers-by complained about getting wet.
Beyond it are the Lower Gardens with their flower beds.
On the opposite side of the path is the lake with fountains, ducks and geese.
The Jephson Memorial commemorates Dr Henry Jephson, who successfully promoting the town as a Spa destination.
Behind it is the Sensory Garden with the Clock Tower beyond.
The area beyond the conservatory is described as the Upper Garden and is grass with specimen trees and tree lined paths. There are plenty of wooden seats to sit and enjoy the gardens.
There is on street parking along Newbold Street running along the north side of the gardens. The post code is CV32 4AA and the grid reference is SP 320656.
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