Sunday, 12 February 2017

Sunday Snap – The Pump Room

The Pump Room
We were taking a stroll down Oxford Street for last week's Sunday Snap of the Winged Figure. I asked who designed the Winged Figure and the answer is

Barbara Hepworth

Sculpting the right answer were Anne and Faith.

We're off to Warwickshire for this week's Sunday Snap. The Royal Pump and Baths was opened in 1814 after what was originally been a small agricultural village had seen an increase in visitors coming to 'take the waters'. There was already a number of spa baths in the area but this one was much grander and comprised a total of 20 baths plus an assembly room. It also had the world's first modern gravity fed piped hot water system. Queen Victoria visited the town in 1830 whilst still a princess and was so enamoured with it that she granted a 'Royal' prefix to be used from 1838. With a nod to the bath rooms around the town 'Spa' was added to the end. Over the years the popularity of spas began to decline and many of the other spa baths in the area closed. The Royal Pump and Baths survived closure at the time thanks to the grandeur of the building and the fact it expanded its facilities to include a Turkish Bath and swimming pool. It continued to be used as swimming pool until 1989 when a new leisure centre was opened. It was left unused for several years until the local council decided to refurbish it. Today it is open to the public as an art gallery and museum and incorporates the local library and visitor information centre. This week's question is

What town is The Royal Pump Room and Spa in?

We were joined last week by Anne and the pretty heart cake her daughter made. Kara has been down at the beach with the very green seaweed and also paid a visit to see her beloved Chelsea play. Finally Susan has had a week of spinning dresses and dramatic sunsets.

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  1. I'm not 100% but I'm sure it's Harrogate x

  2. I think that is Royal Leamington Spa

  3. Not so far from me although I've only been there a couple of times, I'm pretty sure it's Leamington Spa. I may have to put it on my list of places to visit again soon.

  4. If it's Royal, I'd guess at Leamington Spa


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