Bandstand back in place at Pump Room Gardens following facelift - The Leamington Observer

Bandstand back in place at Pump Room Gardens following facelift

Leamington Editorial 18th Mar, 2019   0

THE BANDSTAND in Leamington’s Pump Room Gardens is back in place after a full facelift – and it’s rather colourful.

Lost Art, the company responsible for the restoration, did a paint analysis of the bandstand to try and work out what the original colour scheme was, but their research was inconclusive.

A spokesmans aid: “We looked at examples of different colour schemes from bandstands of a similar vintage as well as consulting with the Friends of the Pump Room Gardens and the Leamington Society and our Conservation Officer and HLF.

“It is a Victorian bandstand but in a Regency town so there was quite some discussion over the colour scheme. We eventually settled on red, old white, eau de nil (green).

The historic bandstand, one of the few surviving structures of its type in the country, had held pride of place in the town’s Pump Room Gardens since 1889, but had been showing signs of age and neglect.

As part of a £1.4million revamp of the gardens, it was carefully dismantled last year and taken to a specialist workshop in Wigan to be restored to its former glory at a cost of around £250,000.

Royal Spa Brass had the honour of being the first musicians to perform on the new look bandstand at the official unveiling on Friday.

Archie Pitts, chairman of the Friends of the Pump Room Gardens (FPRG), added: “It is wonderful to see our bandstand back as good as new, if not even better, 130 years after it was first installed.”

The makeover of the gardens, which included landscaping and new paths, was mainly funded by a Heritage Lottery grant, together with with £100,000 each from the district council and FPRG.

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