Leamington’s ‘village green’
The gardens opened in 1814, at first as a private park. They hosted firework displays and were once visited by legendary French tightrope walker Blondin, who carried a man on his back along a rope high above the parl.
Friends of Pump Room Gardens chairman Archie Pitts likened the gardens to a huge village green.
He said: “We tend to remember the activities that have taken place in the past three years but we’re not so aware of the events that took place there in the past.”