All Saints Parish Church
The exact date a church was initially built on the All Saints Parish Church site is unknown. The first recorded details of a building were in a 15th century style but a church certainly existed before then in the locality. This church dates from 1842 and is part of the Church of England in the Diocese of Coventry.
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All Saints Church was recently taken over as a church in New York for the forthcoming film, titled “Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?” the church stands in for the pivotal end of film wedding scene for which the church is turned into a winter wonderland.
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Pump Room Gardens
Contrasting the enclosed and ornate Jephson Gardens across the Parade, the Pump Room Gardens is a simple expanse of grass, crisscrossed with paths, with the small bandstand being the only object of note. This makes it perfect for special events, like the annual "Peace Festival", and occasional markets for local produce, and it tends to be packed with people on sunny days, sitting around in groups, or playing football or frisbee.
Royal Pump Rooms
Built for the famous spas that turned Leamington from a sleepy village of a few dozen people into a thriving county town of a few thousand in a matter of years, the Pump Rooms are central to the history of the town. When the Pump Rooms were built, the existing spa baths on the other side of the river, where Bath Street now is, were unable to cope with the demand from the wealthy Victorians seeking the health properties of the spa waters. The Pump Rooms were built in 1814, and the colonnade of Doric pillars out front were transported by canal barge all the way from Derby.
The fashion for health spas lasted only a few decades, and the Pump Rooms went rapidly into decline, but in the late 90s were saved by a renovation that saw it refitted with library, art gallery and museum. It also hosts a cafe and the main tourist information centre. The attached gardens, opened to the public in 1875, are always packed with people on hot summer days, and play host to the annual Leamington "Peace Festival", in June. During colder months the park is usually home to a couple of homeless tramps, and the bandstand populated by delinquents.
Jephson Gardens - Temperate House
A few years back the most beautiful of Leamington's parks, Jephson Gardens, was looking a bit rough around the edges. But thanks to an injection of £3m worth of lottery funds, the park has been regenerated, along with the building of a new contemporary lakeside pavilion, which includes Temperate House and a new restaurant. Temperate House is a climatically controlled environment which hosts a collection of plants that cover plant evolution from 500 million years ago to the present day. The building itself is quite impressive, and fits in elegantly with the rest of the park.
A wonderful park.
On a recent trip to Leamington I had a little time on my hands one afternoon and decided to go for a bit of a walk about. Without any specific plan, I was fortunate enough to come upon Jephson Park, just a short stroll from the centre of town.
The Gardens were originally laid out in 1831 to provide recreational space by the banks of the River Avon in the delightful setting where they still stand. Icidentally, did you know that the name Avon is a corruption of the Welsh word afon meaning river? Effectively, the waterway here is rhe River River! 15 years later, when the town was becoming known for it's spa qualities, the gardens were formalised and given the name Jephson Gardens in honour of Dr. Henry Jephson who was the man mainly responsible for promoting the spas. Development continued until 1903 with the building of the Miil Bridge, Mill gardens and a boathouse but after World War2, the park fell into decline somewhat.
More recently it has been refurbished and is the extremely pleasant place you can wander round today. In the centre near the cafe you will see a number of what appear to be stainless steel posts. Have a closer look at them and you will see they are actually engraved with poetry and prose, as you can see in one of the images. Jephson Park is well worth a visit for somewhere to relax in beautiful surroundings.
There is a cafe in the park and toilets including accessible toilets. Indeed, the whole park is wheelchair accessible. It is open from 0800 - dusk daily and is patrolled by park wardens.
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The White house town. Not much to do, couldn't even find the spa. You can go italian or indian restaurants, order a chinese takeaway, or going shopping on Tesco's, or to the bingo or visit the Rail station.
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Lest We Forget
The Leamington Spa memorial is in the form of a figure of a serviceman, with head bowed and arms reversed. The figure stands atop a square plinth, which bears the names of the fallen, and the inscription; there is a two-stepped base. Last updated 29 March 2008 the memorial was created by Albert Toft and was first unveiled 27 May 1922 and re-dedicated November 1951. A transcription is still required but there may be names for World War 1 and 2 as well as Korea and the Falklands.
Statue: Queen Victoria
People can’t fail to notice the three metre high white Sicilian marble statue of Queen Victoria outside the Town hall.
Of course there are many such statues of this most popular queen in Great Britain and the Commonwealth. There she stands holding the orb and sceptre and looking very elegant.
She is the “Queen and Empress” with the added words “She wrought her people lasting good”. The statue was created by Albert Toft and unveiled on 11 October 1902, paid for (£1,400) mainly by public subscription.
A plaque on the side states that “A German bomb moved this statue one inch on its plinth on the 14t h. November 1940”, no doubt she was “Not amused”.
The Mill Bridge is a suspension bridge that overlooks a weir, it was opened in June 1903 from a design based upon London's Albert Bridge and is a Grade II listed structure. The bridge got its name from the fact that it is on the site of an old water mill that at one point was the source of water for the town. The bridge originally had turbines for electricity generation built into the abutments, hence the arches visible beyond the weir, beyond that there was a boat lift to allow small boats to be towed past the weir.
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All Saints Church
The parish church of Leamington, All Saints, was built in the 19th century in Gothic style. Unfortunately when I visited, it was closed. I did, however, take a walk around the exterior of the church which is quite impressive. It reminded me more of a cathedral than a parish church. No wonder then that it is a Grade 2 listed building.
According to the website, the church is open to visitors for a short while after services. It's best to have a look at the website and coincide your visit with the end of a service if you want to look around inside as well as out.
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A Riverside Walk on the Leam
The River Leam flows through Leamington Spa and gives the town its name. There is a large weir near Jephson Gardens (see separate tip) where the river widens and is used for water sports such as canoeing in the summer months.
The banks of the River Leam are also a nice place to enjoy a picnic in nice weather.
The river is relatively short and joins the River Avon between Leamington and Warwick.
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The pleasant park in the town of Leamington Spa is Jephson Gardens. It is a great place to stroll around on a sunny day with a plush, modern restaurant and cafe in its grounds. There are lots of benches where you can sit and enjoy views of the River Leam and the lake with its fountains.
These gardens are a nice oasis in the town and a great place to chill out and relax and are just a short 10 minute walk from the train station.
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Pump Room Gardens
The Pump Room Gardens is a popular open space in the centre of Leamington adjacent to the Pump Rooms and just north of the River Leam.
Originally the gardens were only for the use of patrons of the Pump Rooms "to afford them pleasant promenades." The gardens were opened to the public in 1875 with the bandstand being added in 1896.
The gardens host the annual Leamington Peace Festival, a fun fair once a year and the Farmers Market once a month. The gardens are also a popular for families to picnic and the young to sunbathe.
Jamaican Independence Celebration
Every year, down at the Talbot Inn, where Hector the mild-mannered former championship boxer runs a quiet little back-street pub, they hold the Jamaican Independence Celebration. In the small park next to the Talbot the West Indian community and other local residents gather to enjoy some traditional and contemporary Jamaican music, and celebrate Jamaica's independence with a few beers. The Talbot is just outside the centre, which means you can drink outdoors without fear of a fine. The event is usually great fun, and very relaxed, and the only downside is that it ends too early, about 9 o'clock, so come early.
The official anniversary is on the 6th August, but the celebration is usually held on the Saturday nearest that date.
Jephson Gardens - Ornamental Lake
To the right as you enter from the Parade gates is a large ornamental lake with two spectacular fountains, based upon those found at Hampton Court, these were installed in 1925-26. The lake is usually home to the usual swans, Canadian geese and a variety of ducks.
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