In pictures: Autumn in Cheltenham’s Pittville Park
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 Rooms. 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.