Created By: Cheltenham Local History Society
The first successful parachute descent by an Englishman, John Hampton, took place in Montpellier Gardens on 2 October 1838.
Cheltenham magistrates would only allow access to the town's gas supply if the balloon was tethered, but Hampton severed the restraining ropes when his balloon reached 300ft.
At about 9,000ft he undertook the parachute jump, just escaping with his life as the balloon dramatically exploded. Hampton landed safely at Badgeworth 12 minutes later.
A Civic Society green plaque, unveiled on the bandstand in 2008, commemorates his escapade.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Historic Public Gardens of Cheltenham