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Pittville Park in Cheltenham

After over a year of blogging, I’ve realised that one destination I’ve never written about is the place I spend most of my time – my home town of Cheltenham. So to welcome in autumn, here’s a photo essay of the colours in the city’s Pittville Park. The park covers 80 acres around one of Cheltenham’s most stunning Regency buildings – the Pittville Pump Room. Built in 1825 by banker Joseph Pitt, they get their name from the pumps used to bring up Cheltenham’s spa waters to the surface. But after Pitt lost his fortune the Pump Rooms ended up being sold to the council and used as to house troops in WWII. Years of neglect and a severe dry rot infestation later, they were restored in the 1960s and are now used as a concert and wedding venue. But you can still get a taste of the spa waters today from the original marble pump.

Pittville Pump Rooms, Cheltenham
Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham
Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham
Pittville Pump Rooms, Cheltenham
Bandstand in in Cheltenham’s Pittville Park

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  • Reply
    Travelbunny
    October 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Glorious shots Lucy – and weather…

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      October 29, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      I got very lucky with a sunny day – it was freezing though and we’re back to clouds now unfortunately!

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    Karen Johnson
    October 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    What a beautiful place!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      October 29, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      Lovely isn’t it, a friend got married there a couple of years ago and it was such a beautiful setting for it.

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    Photography by Gisele Morgan
    October 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    beautiful ♥

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      October 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      Thanks, I really enjoyed your autumn photos too, it’s a good season for photography!

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    Ship's Cook
    October 29, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    does the spa water taste as bad as Bath spa water?

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      October 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      The same metallic, been in the tap too log, taste? Yep it’s just as bad.

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    Madhu
    October 29, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Truly beautiful Lucy! Love the composition of the last shot.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      October 30, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Thanks Madhu, it’s nice to show off my home town to the world for a change!

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    restlessjo
    October 29, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Never been to Cheltenham, or to the races. Have to rectify that some day.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      October 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      You will indeed, would be lovely to have you visit! Have to admit I’ve never been to the races wither but we have a lot of great festivals too.

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    To Paris with My Love
    October 30, 2012 at 11:33 am

    It is very pretty there! I like the fall leaves.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      October 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks, the colours are great at the moment – got to make the most of it before we’re into winter!

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    megtraveling
    October 30, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Your home town is lovely with the autumn leaves! You can’t tell that it’s cold… 🙂

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      October 31, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      I do love the clear autumn and winter days, the light is amazing, even though I do need a few extra layers!

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    love.antoinette
    October 31, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Autumn in the Northern hemisphere is seriously the prettiest season! I’m missing it already!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      October 31, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      It must be fascinating to be in Peru and Argentina though, I so need to make a big trip to South America sometime soon!

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    conquistadoree
    October 31, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Fall is the best. I love the colors against the blue sky. It’s funny how we don’t tend to write about where we’re from, you know? Nice post!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      October 31, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      It’s easy to forget that where you live might be interesting to other people when it’s so ordinary to you. Apart from these I don’t think I have any photos of Cheltenham so must get out and take some!

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    katrinamillen
    November 1, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Cheltenham looks gorgeous in Autumn, I will have to go there one day.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      November 1, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      I’m totally biased to say it’s a great place all year (try and coincide a visit with one of the festivals when there’s loads going on) but this is probably the most beautiful time of year!

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    nuresma
    November 1, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Gorgeous colours! Our home town is always special to us 🙂

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      November 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      It is – and it’s nice to be able to introduce it to some more people too!

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