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Cheltenham rEgency houses

Water fountain but no water!

Along the Promenade

Gloucester Cathedral


The Cloisters

Another photo of the cloisters


Arch into Cathderal Green

Another church

Come on take the photo Mum!

Its a bit cold here!


The docks

At last it was a better day but still very cold. As it was Sunday we decided to head in to Cheltenham as it was likely to be quieter than in the week. In its hay day Cheltenham was Britain’s most popular spa towns. However today it has lost a lot of its former glory.

We parked by Montpelier Gardens and wandered around the town. The most impressive was the broad Promenade and the Montpellier district with upmarket shops and Regency buildings. Compared with other spa towns such as Leamington Spa and Buxton we were disappointed.

We returned to the coach for lunch and then decided we would have a quick look at Gloucester ten miles west of Cheltenham. Gloucester sits on the east bank of the Severn River and in Roman times was a Roman garrison fort. As a result of the Severn River being a busy trade route the city gained importance in Norman times. However eventually the town lost out to Bristol further down the river until a canal was opened in 1827 to link Gloucester to Sharpness but for only a short time.

That was a lot more ambience about the town mainly due to the impressive Cathedral which was the first and best example of the Perpendicular style architecture. Within the cathedral the Lady Chapel with the tomb of Robert Duke of Normandy was impressive. The other outstanding feature was the beautiful cloisters completed in 1367 which had the first intricate fan vaulting in the country. We learnt later that the cloisters were used to represent the corridors of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.

From the cathedral we wandered down to the revamped Victorian docks where fourteen of the warehouses built for storing grain following the opening of the canal are now office, shops and the National Waterways Museum. By the time we got back to the car we were glad to get out of the cold.

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