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Montpellier, Lansdown and Surrounding Areas
Montpellier Walk

MONTPELLIER, LANSDOWN

Montpellier is known as one of the most attractive and fashionable areas of Cheltenham. Its distinctive architecture and many café’s and bars has gained Montpellier the reputation of having continental flavour. In the 18th and 19th centuries the name of French spa town of Montpellier had been a byword for a pleasant healthy place – and that name was chosen in 1809 by Henry Thompson for his newly established spa.

Montpellier Gardens

It was laid out in the early 18th century with attractive villas and terraces surrounding spacious ornamental gardens, now known as Montpellier Gardens. In the 1830s and 1840s specialist shops were built and Montpellier developed as a specialist shopping area, the character of which it still retains today. Most picturesque is Montpellier Walk, where shops are fronted by 32 caryatids.

Montpellier is home to famous Cheltenham Ladies’ College, which was established in the mid-19th century for the daughters of Cheltenham’s gentlemen. It has a worldwide reputation, with many a pupil being a daughter of a famous celebrity.

Lansdown Road

Named after a fashionable part of Bath, Lansdown is a beautiful garden suburb, with terraces, a crescent and a large square and stretches all the way from Montpellier to Cheltenham railway station. The estate was also developed by Henry Thompson in the beginning of the 19th century. His son carried on with the project and invited a London architect J. B. Papworth to design a fashionable residential estate to adjoin the road to Gloucester. Today many of the great brick-built, stone-fronted houses of Lansdown has been divided into offices or hotels.

 

HISTORY

Montpellier has a special place in history of Cheltenham. It is here where the first Cheltenham spring was discovered in 1716. Thanks to magnificent villas and terraces of Montpellier, Lansdown, Bayshill and Suffolks, Cheltenham gained the reputation of being one of the most beautiful town in England.





THINGS TO DO, PLACES TO SEE

MONTPELLIER SHOPPING

Montpellier Walk is one of the nicest streets to shop in England. It contains many specialist shops and boutiques and each shop front is separated by caryatids.

SUFFOLKS SHOPPING

Suffolks belongs among the best areas to shop for antiques. Independent shops and boutiques along Suffolk Parade give visitors plenty to choose from.

IMPERIAL GARDENS

Originally used as an 'ornamental pleasure ground' for visitors to the Imperial Spa, today Imperial Gardens offer the opportunity to rest in a shade admiring neatly-planted flowerbeds.

MONTPELLIER GARDENS

Established soon after opening of Montpellier Spa in 1809, with its tree-lined broadwalk, a bandstand and tennis courts Montpellier Gardens is an ideal place to relax.

MONTPELLIER ROTUNDA

This magnificent building which once was the site of Montpellier Spa is now Lloyd's Bank, but hasn't lost anything from its previous glory.

QUEEN'S HOTEL

Central focus of the upper part of the Promenade, Queen's Hotel boasts many a famous visitor, having served Cheltenham Spa since the 1840s.

STATUE OF EDWARD VII

The statue of Edward VII, originally a drinking fountain for horses, was erected in the second decade of the 20th century.

GORDON'S LAMP

Gordon's Lamp is Cheltenham's most ornate lamp stand. Erected in the late 1880s it commemorates General Gordon's brave defending of Khartoum.

LADIES' COLLEGE

Cheltenham Ladies' College was established in the mid-19th century to serve the daughters of local gentlemen. Today it is one of the top performing colleges.

DEAN CLOSE SCHOOL

Named after Rev. Francis Close Dean Close School opened in the early 1880s. Among its famous pupils belong Rolling Stone Brian Jones and the artist Francis Bacon.

ST. ANDREWS CHURCH

St. Andrew's Church was originally built for the Presbyterian congregation in Cheltenham. Today it is a United Reformed Church and a popular venue for Cheltenham festival events.

CHRIST CHURCH

Christ Church was built in the late 1830s to the design of the Jearrad brothers, the architects of Montpellier and Lansdown. Its spire is now one of the features of Cheltenham's townscape.

 

 

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