Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham
Pittville Pump Room on a clear spring morning.
The Pittville Pump Room was the last and largest of the spa buildings to be built in Cheltenham.
The well from which the Pump Room's waters originate was first used around 1740. After the visit to Cheltenham in 1788 of King George III, the town became increasingly fashionable. In the 1820s the local landowner Joseph Pitt developed the northern part of the town as 'Pittville', of which the Pump Room and its spa were to form an important element as part of a pleasure garden.
The Pump Room was built by the architect John Forbes between 1825 and 1830. It is a Grade I listed building standing at the northern end of Pittville Lawn with landscaped grounds running down to a lake. The building contains the original Pump, made of marble and scagliola, to which the waters are today fed by electric pumping. (Thanks Wikipedia) More pictures of Cheltenham by Roger Nichol...