17th Feb, 2019

Restored bandstand will soon once again take pride of place in Pump Room Gardens

Ian Hughes 7th Feb, 2019

LEAMINGTON Bandstand will soon be back up having been restored to its former glory.

But it has been no easy task as a new video created by by town marketing agency MadebySonder shows.

The bandstand, which has stood at the centre of the Pump Room Gardens for over 130 years, was carefully dismantled last summer and sent to specialist restorers Lost Art based in Wigan.

Albert Crowhurst was part of the small team of restorers who have worked on returning the 1876 Leamington landmark to its original glory.

He said: “We’ve had them bad but that was extremely bad. A lot of the bolts had rusted away and there was nothing really, in certain places, holding it together.”

The video, titled Rediscovering a Lost Art, shows what the Victorian bandstand looked like just before its return to the Pump Room Gardens and shows the work that has gone into repairing and replacing the damaged parts.

The restored bandstand is now being re-erected and is expected to be officially unveiled in the middle of March.

The bandstand’s facelift is part of a £1.4 million restoration of the Pump Room Gardens, which has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Friends of the Pump Room Gardens and Warwick District Council.

Search ‘Lost Art Leamington’ on Youtube to watch the video.

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