Montpellier is a district of Cheltenham
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), at the end of the Promenade south of the town centre. Originally developed in the 1830s in conjunction with the spa
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s, it is now known for its bars, cafés, restaurants and range of specialist shops. In April 2008 Montpellier was one of the most expensive areas in Cheltenham to buy property, with apartments ranging from £300,000 to over £1,000,000, townhouses from around £400,000, and houses over £4,000,000.
HistoryMontpellier Spa was initiated by Henry Thompson after springs were discovered on land he bought in 1801. The Spa buildings of 1817 were by George Allen Underwood
George Allen Underwood
George Allen Underwood was an architect in Cheltenham.He was a pupil of Sir John Soane from 1807 to 1815 and then started his own practice in Cheltenham...
. Thompson's son Pearson
Pearson Thompson was an English solicitor and property developer who was responsible for the layout of a great part of Cheltenham, and of the Ladbroke Estate in London. He subsequently emigrated to Australia where he practiced law.Thompson was the son of Henry Thompson and Judith, née Teshmaker...
extensively developed the area and arranged for supporting entertainment for the spa facilities. He commissioned the distinctive Rotunda
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by John Buonarotti Papworth
John Buonarotti Papworth
John Buonarotti Papworth was a prolific architect, artist and a founder member of the Royal Institute of British Architects....
as a pump room in 1825. This is now a branch of Lloyds TSB
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bank. Opposite are Montpellier Gardens, also laid out by Papworth. The architects and developers R. W. and C. Jearrad took over the running of Montpellier Spa from Thompson in 1830. Montpellier Walk, leading to Montpellier Spa and designed by W. H. Knight in 1840, is noted for the caryatids supporting the shop fronts.
Commercial activityMontpellier is home to several clothing boutiques, two jeweller's shops, a Scandinavian specialist shop, a bookshop specialising in cookery books, and two cook shops.
Montpellier's bars include The Montpellier Wine Bar http://www.montpellierwinebar.com/, The Rotunda Tavern, The Salisbury, O'Neill's and Ha-Ha Bar, with The Circus Bar at the lower end of Montpellier Street. Eating establishments include The Thai Brasserie (Thai), Armagnac (French), Indian Voojan (Indian), and Strada (Italian and Mediterranean).