English Gardens - West Midlands

Jephson Gardens, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire


Beautifully maintained Victorian  gardens in the centre of Royal Leamington Spa


Royal 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.

Jephson Gardens

Jephson Gardens

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.
 
Jephson Gardens

Beyond it are the Lower Gardens with their flower beds.

Jephson Gardens

On the opposite side of the path is the lake with fountains, ducks and geese.
 
Jephson Gardens

Jephson Gardens

The Jephson Memorial commemorates Dr Henry Jephson, who successfully promoting the town as a Spa destination.

Jephson Gardens
 
Behind it is the Sensory Garden with the Clock Tower beyond.

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Jephson Gardens

Across the path from this is the sub-tropical conservatory with its gold fish pond and palm trees.

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Jephson Gardens

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.

Jephson 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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