Taking the Waters with Lesley Sainty

This month we spoke with Lesley Sainty, author of ‘Taking the Waters’, a historical fiction set in Regency Cheltenham.

Lesley talked about her book, set in 1827, when Cheltenham was a bustling spa town and people would travel to take the waters. She talks about the history of Cheltenham and the various spas across the town. You will of course know of Pittville Pump Room but do you know where the other spas were in Cheltenham and what sits above them now? Watch our chat with Lesley to find out.

Cheltenham History Walks

Lesley is taking part in some history walks with the Cheltenham Promenaders; guided walking tour experiences where you can learn about the rich history of the town’s past. Lesley dresses as Alice Elliott, the main character from her book and will introduce you to the key history and places from the book. This will take place on Saturday 28th August.

Find out more about the Cheltenham history walks

Taking the Waters

Find out more about Lesley’s book ‘Taking the Waters’ on the link below.

‘Taking the Waters’

For more fascinating history and pictures of Cheltenham and beyond, follow Lesley on Instagram

Follow Lesley on Instagram


About the Interviewer

Mark Hurrell has lived in Gloucestershire for over 30 years and was the editor of BBC Radio Gloucestershire from 2002 to 2016. His career in the media has been long and varied including a spell at BBC Points West TV where he was a regular presenter and reporter. Mark also worked on the BBC‘s coverage of WW1 and other major projects. He is a governor at the King’s School, Gloucester and was involved in the setting up of the Pied Piper appeal. In his spare time Mark is a keen amateur singer and supporter of Gloucester Rugby.