October 22nd, 2016

Celebrating engineer who made his mark on Leamington

A CIVIL engineer who made his mark on Leamington is to be commemorated with a new artwork in Leamington’s Jephson Gardens.

William de Normanville was Leamington’s borough engineer and surveyor from 1882 until his retirement in 1917.

Among his major achievements in the town were the Adelaide Road Bridge, which saw him replace the stone structure with iron; the restoration of the Pump Rooms; the renovation and layout of the Pump Room Gardens, the York Bridge and the York Promenade; the swimming-baths which are now the library.

He was also responsible for the layout of the Victoria Park, Mill Gardens, and the weir and Mill suspension bridge over the Leam.

The new sculpture – a lifesize silhouette of de Normanville with interactive elements detailing the engineer’;s achievements – will be the latest addition to the sculpture trail in the gardens.

The work, commissioned by Warwick District Council and funded by Royal Leamington Town Council, will be created by artist Tim Ward, who is working with Leamington History Group.

District council spokesman Coun David Shilton said: “The new sculpture will be an exciting addition to Jephson Gardens.

“I’m happy we are working with the town council to add another sculpture to the growing sculpture trail. The sculpture will have interactive elements for children and adults.”

The sculpture is set to be completed by early April.