Leamington’s ‘village green’

FIREWORKS and feats of daring are a little-known part of the history of a Leamington park, but people can find out more about the remarkable past of Pump Room Gardens in a travelling exhibition that was launched on Friday.

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.”

The exhibition will be at Shire Hall, Warwick from Monday until Friday, at Warwick University from February 6 to 9, the Sydni Centre from February 13 to 17 and Leamington library from February 20 to 24.