Cheltenham photos – the posh Promenade, teenage graffiti, ace architecture and windfall apples

Photos and street scenes from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

Here’s some more photos from my travels around Cheltenham, a large spa town and borough in Gloucestershire, England.

Photos and street scenes from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

In the suburbs, a generous soul had offered a wheelbarrow full of windfall cooking apples.

Photos and street scenes from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

Cheltenham is full of private roads and gated communities. Do. Not. Like.

Photos and street scenes from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

A bloke with natty lime green trainers trots through Cox’s Meadow.

We saw lots of joggers pounding the pavements of Cheltenham, while on the roads there was an near-endless stream of 4x4s and oversized cars. Didn’t much like that, either.

Photos and street scenes from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

A tempting message written in a back alley.

Photos and street scenes from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

The white heat of Friday night at the Little Owl pub on Cirencester Road, which, curiously enough, has a horse on the pub sign.

On our way to the pub, a goat-sized badger scuttled right past us at high speed, which proved to be the most excitement we’d find that evening.

Cheltenham photos - the posh Promenade, teenage graffiti and windfall apples

Ordering a beer at the Little Owl.

Photos and street scenes from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

Scene from the upmarket shopping area of town.

Developed in the 1830s and 1840s, the Montpellier area of Cheltenham takes its name from the fashionable French town, which was renown at the time for being a pleasant place to live.

Photos and street scenes from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

The shops along Montpellier Walk properties are separated by 32 individual stone caryatids, based on the classical models on the Erechtheion in Athens.

The earliest two were made  from terracotta by the London sculptor Rossi and date back to 1840, while the remainder were created by a local man from Tivoli Street, with an additional pair added in the 1970s. Read more: [Ipswich-lettering.org].

Photos and street scenes from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

Cheltenham photos - the posh Promenade, teenage graffiti and windfall apples

There is some stunning late Georgian/early Victorian architecture around Cheltenham.

Photos and street scenes from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

Statue of the Cheltenham-born composer Gustav Holst (1874-1934) . Holst is most famous for his “Planets Suite.”

Photos and street scenes from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

Walking along the posh Promenade in Cheltenham.

Cheltenham photos - the posh Promenade, teenage graffiti and windfall apples

Photos and street scenes from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

Taking a rest on the Promenade.

Photos and street scenes from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

Before the guests arrive at the wedding.

Photos and street scenes from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

After the wedding.

Photos and street scenes from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

Rodney!

Photos and street scenes from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

Neptune fountain, which was sculpted in 1893 by local firm RL Boulton and Sons. It is considered to have been styled on the Trevi Fountain in Rome.

Photos and street scenes from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

Rather weird Minotaur and the Hare sculpture (1995) by Sophie Ryder, as seen on the Promenade.

Cheltenham photos - the posh Promenade, teenage graffiti and windfall apples

G’s Rock Bar advertises a petition against the late night levy.

Cheltenham photos - the posh Promenade, teenage graffiti and windfall apples

Old fire station, 1906. It was last used by firemen in 1959.

Cheltenham photos - the posh Promenade, teenage graffiti and windfall apples

Adjacent Engine House.

Cheltenham photos - the posh Promenade, teenage graffiti and windfall apples

The splendid Crescent Bakery building.

Photos and street scenes from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

Curious sculpture on a storm drain.

Photos and street scenes from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

This bit of fading graffiti proves testament to the moment when some angry person somewhere truly Socked it to The Man.

Cheltenham photos - the posh Promenade, teenage graffiti and windfall apples

Cheltenham photos - the posh Promenade, teenage graffiti and windfall apples

Somewhat underwhelming fountain.

Cheltenham photos - the posh Promenade, teenage graffiti and windfall apples

The pair of old bent rails lobbed together marks the old railway route that takes you to Cheltenham Spa station.

Cheltenham photos - the posh Promenade, teenage graffiti and windfall apples

Along the old trackbed.

Cheltenham photos - the posh Promenade, teenage graffiti and windfall apples

Situated on the Bristol-Birmingham main line, Cheltenham Spa railway station is about one mile from the town centre.

Opening in 1849, the station was formerly known as Lansdown, but with the closure of all the other stations in Cheltenham, this remaining one got upgraded to ‘Cheltenham Spa’.

The excellent Cheltonia blog reports that…

The main station building itself is a lovely Regency specimen designed by Samuel Whitfield Daukes, an esteemed architect responsible for many of Cheltenham’s fine villas. It originally had a spectacular stone portico at the front supported on a hefty row of Doric columns. Regrettably the powers in charge of the station in 1961 had it removed and replaced with the present boring wooden canopy. Eejits.

Cheltenham photos - the posh Promenade, teenage graffiti and windfall apples

It’s a bit of a run down station with some really ugly, exhaust-stained modern canopies stuck atop the elegant  cast iron supports.

Time for the train back to London.