Created By: Cheltenham Local History Society
The Jubilee Seat, located on the west side of the gardens, was commissioned by the Cheltenham Arts Council to commemorate Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee.
Costing £12,000, it was designed by the Stroud sculptor David John. The five sides of the seat mark the decades of the Queen's reign and the encircling musical notes represent the first lines of the National Anthem.
During the unveiling in May 2003 a flock of 15 racing pigeons was released, an appropriate gesture as the pigeons are credited with drawing attention to the first mineral spring on Bayshill. Cheltenham is also the home to the Royal Pigeon Racing Association headquarters.
Now contine northwards to exit Montpellier Gardens at the junction of Montpellier Spa Road and Montpellier Walk. Turn right to head back down towards the Promenade. At the junction with Imperial Square, cross to the Crimean Memorial Plinth.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Historic Public Gardens of Cheltenham