A small gem at the edge of Pittville Park in Cheltenham — the Holst Birthplace Museum. I’ve been meaning to visit for quite some time. I didn’t realize it was not only a sweet and gentle introduction to the life and work of Gustav Holst, but a beautifully presented history of Regency and Victorian homes in Cheltenham.
And examples of his compositions.
Upstairs, the music room is maintained in a Regency style. Holst’s father was a music teacher, and may have taught in rooms decorated like this in any of scores of Cheltenham Regency homes. Much of the artwork through out the home was created by Holst’s great uncle Theodor Von Holst.
A close up view of the angel on that harp. The furnishings are not original to the house, but are all of the appropriate time period and held in cooperation with the Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum (soon to reopen as The Wilson).
After a stroll through history, what could be better than a walk up through Pittville Park to the Pump Room, and a taste of the famous Cheltenham Spa waters?
The Victorian pump is broken, but the water still draws up 80 feet to land in these compostable cups. And it tastes like death.
Seriously. But I drank it down, didn’t vomit, and felt not at all any healthier. But give me a week, maybe it will turn back the clock on my age, face, and brain if I just give it long enough.Oooohhhh, while I let that death water do its magic, I’m going to stare up at this gorgeous chandelier and the incredible Pump Room dome.