John Hampton green plaque in Cheltenham

A Mr John Hampton was the first person to make a successful descent by a parachute. The event took place on October 3rd 1838 from a balloon which ascended from these gardens.
Mr Hampton's descent lasted 12 minutes 40 seconds and he landed at Badgeworth.
The parachute was rigid, made of canvas stretched over a framework of whalebone ribs and bamboo stretchers attached by a copper tube to a wicker basket.
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