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Cheltenham is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Gloucestershire.

Other places in the parish include: Sandford, Naunton, Westhall, Arle, Alstone, and Cheltenham Holy Trinity.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1558. Separate registers exist for Cheltenham Holy Trinity: 1821

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Countess of Huntingdon Methodist, Independent/Congregational, Jewish, Particular Baptist, Presbyterian, Primitive Methodist, Roman Catholic, Society of Friends/Quaker, Unitarian, Wesleyan Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist Association.

Parishes adjacent to Cheltenham

Historical Descriptions

A photographic view looking towards the lower High Street in Cheltenham
A photographic view looking towards the lower High Street in Cheltenham. Creator: Francis Bedford (1816 – 1894) Date: c. 1880

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Cheltenham, a town, a parish, a sub-district, a district, and a hundred in Gloucester. The town stands on the river Chelt, at the terminus of a short branch railway, 7 ¼ miles ENE of Gloucester. The railway communicates westward directly with the Gloucester and Birmingham, and indirectly with the Great Western; and further railway communication is in progress of formation both eastward into direct junction with the Oxford, Worcester, and Wolverhampton line, and southeastward, past Holwell and Highworth, into direct junction with the Great Western. The site of the town is a fertile valley, amphitheatred at the distance of two miles, by the Cotswold hills; the climate is comparatively mild and equable; and the environs show charming features of wood and mansion on the plain, and include brilliant scenery and noble prospects among the Cotswolds. The town is supposed to be of Saxon origin; but it remained a small straggling hamlet at the close of the 17th century; and it owed its present consequence to the discovery of medicinal springs in 1716, and to an invalid sojourn at it of George III. in 1788. It is now one of the finest and most fashionable towns in the kingdom, a great resort of visitors in quest of health or pleasure, and a chosen permanent residence of many wealthy annuitants. It consists principally of spacious streets, squares, crescents, and terraces in a style of neatness or elegance; it includes likewise a large number of sumptuous detached villas; and it presents everywhere the pleasing ornament of trees, in lines along the streets, in groups on the larger spaces, and in scatterings among the villas. The chief street is upwards of 1 ½ mile long, and forms the seat of nearly all the shopping and stir; while the other quarters spread away in fashionable airiness, ease, and retirement.

The mineral springs are numerous; and they present considerable differences in their constituent elements. All are strongly saline; some are also chalybeate; and most contain iodine, in the proportion of about a grain in a gallon. The saline ingredients in one of the strongest are 74.5 grains of muriate of soda, 2.25 of muriate of lime, 2. of muriate of magnesia, and 11.75 of sulphate of soda; but these ingredients differ so much in neighbouring springs, that at one of the spas, or places where the waters are obtained, there is a row of taps all differing from one another in saline strength. The chief spas are the Old Wells, the Montpelier, the Pittville, and the Cambray. The Old Wells are approached through a fine avenue, and have a pump-room, 66 feet by 23, rebuilt in 1803. The Montpelier was opened in 1809; is situated among charming gardens; and has an elegant and commodious pump-room with a lofty dome. The Pittville was opened in 1830; is situated in grounds of surpassing beauty; and has a splendid Grecian edifice, 90 feet by 43, with a wide colonnade and a lofty dome. The Cambray was discovered in 1833; is situated at the corner of Imperial square; and has an octagonal building in the Tudor style. The season for drinking the waters extends from May till October; and is rifest and best in August and September. Seven hotels, mainly for the accommodation of visitors, are on a great scale; and one of them, the Queen’s, erected in 1836, cost £50,000. Lodging-houses also are numerous and good. Pleasure-gardens, reading-rooms, libraries, musical promenades, concerts, balls, floral exhibitions, pyrotechny, cricket-matches, and other recreations are plentiful. Races are run on one of the finest courses in the kingdom; hunting is enjoyed in the winter months; a theatre, a museum, a zoological garden, and a philosophical institution offer a variety of attractions; and a beautiful surrounding country presents a rich diversity of walks and drives.

The town-hall, the masonic-hall, and the market-house are good buildings. The parish church, nearly in the centre of the town, is early decorated English and cruciform, with square tower and lofty octagonal spire; has an ancient pulpit and reading-desk, and a beautiful circular north window; and contains a curious monument of 1643. Trinity church, near the Pittville spa, is a commodious Gothic structure, erected as a chapel of ease, principally at the expense of Lord Sherborne. St. John’s church, in Berkeley-street, is a neat building, erected in 1828. St. Paul’s church, in St. Paul-street, is a spacious structure, built by voluntary subscription. St. James’ church, in Suffolk-square, is a neat Gothic edifice. Christ church, in Lansdowne, is a beautiful transepted structure, 130 feet by 107. St Peter’s church, in Tewkesbury-place, is an edifice in the Norman style by Dankes, with a round tower 90 feet high. St. Luke’s church is an erection of 1855, in the geometric decorated style. St. Mark’s church was built in 1861; is in the decoiated English style; and consists of nave, chancel, and south aisles, with vestry. The places of worship within the borough in 1851 were 7 of the Church of England, with 10,855 sittings; 4 of Independents, with 2,030 s.; 4 of Baptists, with 2,300 s.; 1 of Quakers, with 100 s.; 1 of Unitarians, with 300 s.; 4 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 1,415 s.; 2 of the Wesleyan Association, with 240 s.; 1 of Lady Huntingdon’s Connexion, with 750 s.; 1 of Latter Day Saints, with 630 s.; 1 of Roman Catholics, with 360 s.; and 1 of Jews, with 85 s. The grammar-school was founded in 1574; and has an endowed income of £30, and two scholarships at Pembroke college, Oxford. The Chelt. proprietory college, for the education of noblemen and gentlemen, was built in 1843; is a splendid edifice in the Tudor style, with a frontage of 240 feet, and a central tower 80 feet high; and has a hall 90 feet by 45, and a gymnasium. The Church of England training-college was founded in 1849; is an edifice in the early English style, raised at a cost of about £12,000; and has accommodation for 100 persons. The schools within the borough, in 1851, were 23 public day schools, with 3,405 scholars; 59 private day schools, with 1,306 s.; and 22 Sunday schools, with 3,138 s. There are a general hospital, a female orphan asylum, alms-houses, and a workhouse. Total endowed charities, £382.

The town has a head post-office, a telegraph station, and three banking-offices; is a seat of petty sessions and a polling place; and publishes seven weekly newspapers. Markets are held on Thursdays and Saturdays; and fairs on the second Thursday of April, Holy Thursday, 5 Aug., the second Thursday of Sept., and the third Thursday of Dec. Nearly all the trade is dependent on visitors and wealthy residents. The town was made a borough by the Reform act, and sends one member to parliament; and its borough boundaries are conterminate with the parish. Real property in 1860, £207,716. Direct taxes in 1857, £30,598. Electors in 1860, 2,359. Pop. in 1841, 31,411; in 1861, 39,639. Houses, 7,012. The borough or parish includes the tythings of Alstone and Arle, and the hamlets of Naunton, Westhall, and Sandford; and is divided, for local purposes, into five wards. The manor belonged to Edward the Confessor and William the Conqueror; passed to the Earls of Salisbury, Feschamp abbey, Sion nunnery, Prince Charles, and the Duttons; was bought from Lord Sutton, by James Agg, Gardner, Esq., for nearly £40,000; and belongs now to R. S. Lingwood, Esq. The parochial church is a rectory, and the other churches are p. curacies, in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value of the rectory, £500; of Trinity Church, £450 ; of St. John and St. James, each £230; of St. Paul, £300; of Christ Church, £400; of St. Peter, £150; of St. Luke, £350; of St. Mark, £181. Patrons of the rectory, and of Christ Church, Simeon’s Trustees; of Trinity, St. John, St. Paul, and St. Luke, the Rector; of St. James, St. Peter, and St. Mark, Trustees.

The sub-district is conterminate with the parish. The district includes also the sub-district of Charlton-Kings, containing the parishes of Charlton-Kings, Leckhampton, Swindon, Prestbury, Cubberley, Cowley, Whitcomb-Magna, Badgeworth, Great Shurdington, Up-Hatherley, Staverton, and part of Elmstone-Hardwicke. Acres, 24,876. Poor-rates in 1862, £21,276. Pop. in 1841, 40,246; in 1861, 49,792. Houses, 9,095. Marriages, in 1860, 424; births, 1,379,—of which 94 were illegitimate; deaths, 851, of which 239 were at ages under 5 years, and 21 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 3,955; births, 12,042 ; deaths, 8,925. The places of worship in 1851, additional to those within the borough, were 12 of the Church of England, with 3,665 sittings; 5 of Independents, with 60 S.; 2 of Baptists, with 240 s.; and 1 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 174 s. The schools, additional to those within the borough, were 11 public day schools, with 789 scholars; 20 private day schools, with 307 s.; and 16 Sunday schools, with 1,029 s.—The hundred contains only Cheltenham parish and parts of four other parishes. Acres, 8,961. Pop., 45,886. Houses, 8,263.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Cheltenham, 96 m. S.W. London, and 9 miles N.E. Gloucester. Mrkt. Thurs. P. 31,411

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

Naunton Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Naunton, a hamlet in Cheltenham parish, Gloucester; near Cheltenham.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72]


Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Acklam George, Cheltenham, coach-builder, Jan. 22, 1836.

Arkell James, Alstone, Cheltenham, miller, April 29, 1834.

Balcomb William, Cheltenham, plumber and painter, Nov. 24, 1835.

Ballinger Josiah, Cheltenham, livery stable keeper, April 26, 1842.

Banks Thomas, Cheltenham, linen draper, Jan. 27, 1835.

Bath James, Cheltenham, silversmith, April 15, 1826.

Bayly William Henry, Cheltenham, banker, May 2, 1821.

Baynton Thomas, Cheltenham, dealer in horses, Feb. 27, 1835.

Beak Johnson Hay ward, Cheltenham, wine merchant, March 13, 1838.

Bellchambers Edmund, Gloucester and Cheltenham, printer, June 19, 1827.

Benbow Thomas, Cheltenham, mercer and draper, Aug. 8, 1837.

Bennett Robert South, Cheltenham, corn merchant, June 9, 1840.

Bennett Thomas Hale, Cheltenham, timber merchant, Dec. 12, 1837.

Bevill John William, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, tobacconist, May 6, 1822.

Bevill John William, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, general agent, Dec. 1, 1840.

Bidmead Joseph, Cheltenham, plumber and glazier, Nov. 9, 1827.

Bidmead William, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, plasterer, June 15, 1827.

Birchley William, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, grocer, March 27, 1824.

Bird William, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, plasterer, Dec. 19, 1826.

Bishop Edwin, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, tailor & draper, March 16, 1822.

Bishop William, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, mercer, Nov. 13, 1835.

Bellchambers Edmund, Gloucester and Cheltenham, printer, June 19, 1827.

Bonnor John, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ironmonger, Sept. 8, 1837.

Boucher Thomas, Cheltenham, cabinet maker, Feb. 23, 1822.

Bowdige Edward, Cheltenham, dealer and chapman, July 7, 1837.

Bowerman Joseph, Cheltenham, Gloucester, common carrier, Sept. 22, 1837.

Brighton Thomas Woodhouse, Cheltenham, draper, Sept. 11, 1835.

Brighton Thomas Woodhouse, Cheltenham, general agent, Dec. 3, 1841.

Brookes Thomas, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, builder, June 13, 1828.

Brooks James William and Henry, Cheltenham, brewers, July 26, 1836.

Brown Thomas, Cheltenham, grocer and tea dealer, March 19, 1839.

Bruton Charles. Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, grocer, Oct. 20, 1829.

Butler James Henry; and Butler James Phillips, Cheltenham, wine and spirit merchant, Nov. 29, 1839.

Butt Edward Herbert, Cheltenham, innkeeper, April 7, 1840

Poll Books

Cheltenham Poll Book 1834


Marriages at Cheltenham 1558-1812

Marriages at Cheltenham 1558-1812 – UK Genealogy Archives


Cheltenham Marriages 1812

Cheltenham Marriages 1811

Cheltenham Marriages 1810

Cheltenham Marriages 1809

Cheltenham Marriages 1808


Cheltenham – Commercial Directory of the Jews of Gt. Britain. 1894

Cheltenham Universal British Directory 1791


Cheltenham (West) 1883: Gloucestershire Sheet 26.07a (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Gloucestershire) Map – Folded Map, 11 May 2012. Gloucs Sheet 26.07a Cheltenham (West) 1883 – published 2012; intro by Tony Painter. We have published 2 versions of this map, showing how the area changed across the years. The 1883 version is in full colour, taken from the beautiful handcoloured 1st Edition OS map. The maps cover the western half of the town, with coverage stretching from St Mary’s church and Vittoria Walk westward to Granley Road and Libertus Road. Major features include the Winter Gardens, Montpelier Gardens, The Promenade, Royal Crescent, St George’s Square, St James Square station, Malvern Road station, Lansdown station, Upper Alstone, Lower Alstone, Lansdown, Dean Close Memorial School, Sunningend Works, Lansdown Crescent, Christ Church Road, Overton Park, St Paul’s Training College, St Mary’s Hall Training College, cemetery. On the reverse we include extracts from early directories.

Cheltenham (East) 1884: Gloucestershire Sheet 26.08a (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Gloucestershire) Map – Folded Map, 31 May 2012. Gloucs Sheet 26.08a Cheltenham (East) 1884 – published 2012; intro by Tony Painter. We have published two versions of this detailed map, showing how the eastern part of Cheltenham developed across the years. The 1884 version is in full colour, taken from the beautiful 1st Edition handcoloured OS map. Coverage extends from Colonnade and Cambray House eastward to Battledown and Hewletts Camp. Major features include High Street, Fairview, Pittville Circus, tramways, St Luke’s church, Clarence Square, North Street, All Saints church, Coltham Fields, Battledown Brick Works, and the many streets and alleyways around High Street, all shown in great detail with individual houses neatly delineated. Extracts from early directories are included on the reverse.

Cheltenham and Cirencester 1898 (Cassini Revised New Series Historical Map) Map – Facsimile, Folded Map.

Recommended Books

Historic England: Cheltenham: Unique Images from the Archives of Historic England (Historic England Series) Paperback – 15 Oct 2018 by David Elder (Author), Historic England (Contributor). This illustrated history portrays one of England’s finest towns. It provides a nostalgic look at Cheltenham’s past and highlights the special character of some of its most important historic sites. The photographs are taken from the unique Historic England Archive, the nation’s record of 12 million photographs, drawings and publications, ranging from the 1850s and the earliest days of photography up to the present day. Historic England: Cheltenham shows the town as it once was, from its grand streets and squares to its famous tree-lined promenades and gardens surrounding its spas. Once ‘the most complete Regency town in Britain’, Cheltenham became the most fashionable resort in England following George III’s visit and has enjoyed centuries of prosperity based on the discovery of its natural mineral springs. But the town has not rested on its laurels and is now a vibrant centre of festivals and fashionable shops, a Mecca for horse racing, international music, cricket and world-renowned schools and colleges. Cheltenham is one of the country’s most visited towns and this book will help you discover its colourful and fascinating history.

Secret Cheltenham Paperback – 15 Mar 2019 by David Elder (Author). The ‘A-side’ of Cheltenham’s history as a fashionable Regency spa and subsequent reinvention as a town of colleges, churches and festivals is well documented, but what about its ‘flip-side’? Much of the town’s fascinating history has either been overlooked or lies hidden below the surface. Well-known local author David Elder delves deep into Cheltenham’s lost, forgotten and hidden histories, unearthing fascinating facts and recounting some remarkable stories. Learn, for example, about some of Cheltenham’s minor celebrities and local characters – from the man, who sold his wife for little more than eighteen pence, to the concert pianist, who claimed to be the re-incarnation of Franz Liszt; and not forgetting the person who led to the ‘discovery’ of Jeeves not long before perishing at the Battle of the Somme. Secret Cheltenham reveals the lesser-known aspects of this remarkable town.

Cheltenham History Tour Paperback – 15 Sep 2016 by Roger Beacham (Author), Lynne Cleaver (Author). Cheltenham History Tour is a unique insight into the illustrious history of this Regency spa town. Local authors Roger Beacham and Lynne Cleaver guide us through the streets and alleyways, showing how its famous landmarks used to look and how they’ve changed over the years, as well as exploring its lesser-known sights and hidden corners. With the help of a handy location map, readers are invited to follow a timeline of events and discover for themselves the changing face of Cheltenham.

Cheltenham: A History Hardcover – 4 Oct 2008 by Jill Waller (Author), Sue Rowbotham. CHELTENHAM was a small, isolated market town until the discovery of its mineral waters and the subsequent visit by George III. It already had a long and interesting history, well told in this comprehensive new book, but from that time onwards it has been a town of many contrasts. Its ‘retired colonel’ image has been persistent, but ignores the town’s thriving and growing business and commercial activities over the past two centuries and the vibrant contribution to its life of a younger population. Long known as a centre of education, with famous schools, it did not gain university status until 2001. Renowned for its parks and tree-lined streets, Cheltenham has had its share of social problems and poor housing. Its contrasts are echoed in its buildings, for which it is celebrated, where Regency stucco and ornamental iron work mask the plain, underlying brickwork. The authors of this new book, both well known Cheltenham historians, have taken a fresh look at the history of the town from earliest times to the present day. They have drawn on a wide variety of original sources, from manorial records, early maps and property deeds to personal recollections and the internet. Previous histories of the town have tended to focus on the growth of the spas and the more distinguished residents and visitors, but in this work attention is paid to all levels of society and to the importance of craftsmanship, innovation and industry in the making of modern Cheltenham. A profusion of carefully selected and fully captioned illustrations adds to the appeal of the very readable narrative and to the wealth of information provided for all who would like to know more of the past of this unusual town. The authors hope that every reader will find something new that will inspire further inquiry.

Cheltenham: A Pictorial History (Pictorial history series) Hardcover – 1 Jan 1996 by Steven Blake (Author). CHELTENHAM is well-known for its Regency architecture, parks and gardens, festivals, races and GCHQ. This book traces its entire history, from Domesday manor to medieval market town, through its 18th and 19th century heyday as a fashionable spa and residential centre, to its present-day roles in light industry, administration, education and tourism. The town’s story is told through a concise and very readable narrative plus nearly two hundred fully captioned illustrations – from the 1740s to the 1980s. Early views of the timbered houses and narrow lanes of the ancient town contrast with 19th-century pictures of the fine houses and tree-lined avenues that sprang up during Cheltenham’s years as a spa. Another contrast is between the lives of the ‘two nations’ – the wealthy and privileged relaxing at the spa wells, the assembly rooms and the theatre, while the less well-off worked long hours in service, retailing, building or the manufacture of clothing, furniture and carriages. This book looks, perceptively and entertainingly, at the lives of its people, over the centuries, at work and at play, in peace and in war. Dr. Blake’s book will be warmly welcomed by residents and visitors alike.

Cheltenham: Photographic Memories Paperback – 18 Nov 2000 by John Bainbridge (Author), The Francis Frith Collection (Photographer). This text features 100 detailed historical photographs from The Francis Frith Collection with extended captions and a full introduction. It is suitable for tourists, local historians and general readers. Includes a voucher for a free mounted print of any photograph in the book.

Cheltenham in the Great War Paperback – 10 Mar 2016 by Neela Mann (Author). Cheltenham in the Great War is the first book to portray the town, its people and the impact of the ‘war to end all wars’ from the declaration of war in 1914 to Armistice Day in 1918. Almost 1,000 Cheltenham women left by train every day for munitions work, hundreds made airplanes in the Winter Gardens, many were nurses and most former suffragettes joined the WVR. Why did two schools do double shifts and for what did the townspeople raise GBP186,000 in one week in 1918? How did Cheltenham cope with 7,250 soldiers billeted in the town and ‘khaki fever’? This book gives an insight into the lives of different social classes in Cheltenham – including stories of remarkable women – and how their war was fought on the Home Front. The Great War story of Cheltenham is told through considerable new research and is vividly illustrated throughout with evocative, informative images, many of which have not been published previously.

A history of the Cheltenham Ladies’ College, 1853-1953 Hardcover – 1 Jan 1953
by A. K Clarke (Author).

Votes for Women: Cheltenham and the Cotswolds Paperback – 1 Feb 2018
by Dr Sue Jones (Author).
In 1918, after years of campaigning, many British women over the age of 30 gained a parliamentary vote. Cheltenham was the hub of activity in the Cotswolds, and before the First World War it had a number of vigorous societies and individuals. From being imprisoned for trying to approach the prime minister to refusing to be counted in the 1911 census, local women – and many men – from across the region fought a valiant and dignified campaign to make their voices heard. At a time when women had very little power inside or outside the home, this is the story of how they supported each other to demand a say in the affairs of the country. Richly illustrated and featuring previously undiscovered material, this is the first book to investigate the women’s suffrage movement in the Cotswolds and to celebrate the many who supported the cause.

The Victoria History of Gloucestershire: Cheltenham Before the Spa (VCH Shorts) Paperback – 1 Jun 2018 by Alex Craven (Editor), Beth Hartland (Contributor). The familiar image of Cheltenham, a large and prosperous former spa town, world-famous on account of its Georgian and Regency architecture, its festivals and educational establishments, masks an earlier history. While numerous descriptions of the town have been published over the years, most say little about the many centuries of its existence before the 1740s, when it began to develop as a fashionable resort. This is the fullest account ever attempted to chronicle those centuries, from the late Saxon period until the 18th century. In this period, Cheltenham developed into a successful small town, ranged along a single main street, with the market and trades serving not only its own needs but also those of the surrounding countryside. It draws on a range of documentary sources preserved in local and national archives, many of them never examined in detail before. It therefore helps to explain the foundations upon which present-day Cheltenham was constructed.

Cheltenham Past & Present (Britain in Old Photographs) Paperback – 3 Aug 2010
by David Hanks (Author).
After almost two thousand years of eventful but mostly unrecorded lives, a few Cheltenham folk first began to see themselves, and their town, captured by early photographers soon after 1841. Thereafter the medium of photography advanced relentlessly from pewter plates to glass plates, through film and finally into today’s digital world.

Cheltenham Then & Now (Then & Now (History Press)) Hardcover – 1 Nov 2012
by Sue Rowbotham (Author), Jill Waller (Author).
Cheltenham Then & Now is a superb collection photographs of the town, compiled by Sue Rowbotham and Jill Waller. Scenes of yesteryear are contrasted with modern colour views to show what has been lost and what remains. This book offers an insight into people’s daily lives and living conditions in the town, and the nature of the photographs and the authors’ informative captions show the sometimes drastic changes which have taken place in the name of progress. Drawing on detailed local knowledge of the community and illustrated with a wealth of fascinating images, this book recalls what has changed in Cheltenham in terms of buildings, traditions and ways of life. Witness the people of the past juxtaposed against their twenty-first century descendants. Each pairing of photographs includes detailed captions that will awaken nostalgic memories for all who know and love Cheltenham. Featuring streets and buildings, shops and businesses, and people at work, all aspects of town life are covered.

A Century of Cheltenham Paperback – 23 Mar 2012 by Robin Brooks (Author). This fascinating selection of photographs illustrates the extraordinary transformation that has taken place in Cheltenham during the twentieth century. The book offers an insight into the daily lives and living conditions of local people and gives the reader glimpses and details of familiar places during a century of unprecedented change. Many aspects of Cheltenham’s recent history are covered, famous occasions and individuals are remembered, and the impact of national and international events is witnessed. The book also provides a striking account of the changes that have also altered Cheltenham’s appearance, and records the process of transformation. Drawing on detailed local knowledge of the community, and illustrated with a wealth of black and white photographs, this book recalls what Cheltenham has lost in terms of buildings, traditions and ways of life. It also acknowledges and celebrates the character and energy of local people as they moved through the first years of this new century.

Cheltenham’s Lost Heritage Paperback – 26 Aug 2004 by Oliver Bradbury (Author). At a conservative estimate, some 350 to 400 buildings of historical importance have been lost in Cheltenham over the last two centuries. Although this is only a fraction of the town’s building stock, it has certainly left a visual impression of complete devastation in some areas. This visually stunning new book, written by architectural historian Oliver Bradbury, showcases over 100 of the best lost buildings – some well remembered and much missed, others completely forgotten. A huge range of illustrations, many paired as ‘past and present’, document the changing scene. Regency pastiche or rampaging Modernism: to choose from either presents a permanent dilemma for a town such as Cheltenham. This book examines just some of the architectural and planning decisions that have shaped the town we live in today, for better or worse.

Monumental Inscriptions In The Parish Church Of Cheltenham, Transcr. By B.h. Blacker Hardcover – 16 Sep 2015 by Cheltenham parish church (Author)

Cheltenham: Images of England (Archive Photographs: Images of England) Paperback – 1 Jul 1998 by Elaine Heasman (Author). Cheltenham is a beautiful town and the people who live here can boast a strong sense of community. In this book, local author Elaine Heasman has compiled over 250 archive photographs of Cheltenham, through which she has captured a sense of the changing landscape of the town and the people who have inhabited it. Through these images, Cheltenham’s yesterdays are brought to life. The book includes pictures of buildings, celebrations, local advertisements and personalities from Cheltenham’s past. This eclectic selection contains, amongst many other items, photographs of cadets on manoeuvre in 1897, a game of tennis in Pittville Park in 1908, Prestbury High Street in 1934 and bathers at the Lido in the 1950s. If you are a lifelong Cheltonian, you will love this book – indeed, you may even be in it! Most, if not all, of the scenes will be familiar to you or your friends and family. If you have not enjoyed such a long-standing acquaintance with the town, this personal and absorbing glimpse of the past will give you a feel of what it was like to live here.

Cheltenham Volume 2: Vol 2 (Images of England) Paperback – 15 Oct 2003 by Elaine Heasman (Author). The discovery of spa waters led to the development of the town of Cheltenham as a popular resort attracting the well-to-do and influential of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Comprimising over 230 rare postcards and photographs, this fascinating volume provides a glimpse into the history of Cheltenham during the last 150 years, capturing images of important buildings, places of worship, shops, local businesses, schools and sports clubs. Also included are the families who have traded for generations and individual personalities who will be remembered by so many. This volume contains images of many of Cheltenham’s well-known and beautiful landmarks, including the elegant tree-lined Promenade, the Ladies’ College and the Queen’s Hotel, as well as surrounding areas such as Charlton Kings, Prestbury and Leckhampton. Elaine Heasman is a long-standing member of Cheltenham Local History Studies and currently editor of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society’s newsletter. She writes from personal experience and is passionate about the history of her home town and its people. This book is a wonderful companion to her first volume Cheltenham, and is sure to bring back memories to be enjoyed by all who know and love this town.

Cheltenham Through Time Paperback – 15 Jul 2011 by Lynne Cleaver (Author), Roger Beacham (Author). In Cheltenham Through Time, authors Roger Beacham and Lynne Cleaver show some of the different sides of this Spa town, where along with the Regency splendour is a much poorer side often hidden in other volumes. The historical photographs are mainly taken from a newspaper publication, the Cheltenham Chronicle and Gloucestershire Graphic, published weekly between 1901 and April 1942 when the wartime shortage of paper forced it to cease. The stories behind the images bring to life some of the everyday places and scenes we take for granted as we go about the town. Through the pages of this book the reader is invited to observe Cheltenham as it is today and using old photographs marvel at the many changes that have transformed the area through time, making it essential reading for anyone who is familiar with this jewel of the Cotswolds.

Cheltenham Pubs Through Time Paperback – 15 Mar 2012 by Geoff Sandles (Author). Cheltenham Pubs Through Time is a unique and nostalgic collection of old and new images, illustrating the evolution and changing use of the town’s pubs. The author contrasts archive photographs with colour images taken in the 1970s, a time that the majority of Cheltenham pubs were owned by Whitbread. The story is brought right up to date with the advent of the pubco’s, and the sad demise of once popular pubs like the Greyhound.Geoff Sandles is passionate about beer and pubs. In his spare time he has devised a much acclaimed website,, which attempts to document the history of pubs in the county, past and present. He also edits a newsletter for the Gloucestershire Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale called The Tippler. Join Geoff on this affectionate tour of the taverns of this popular spa town.

The Story of Cheltenham Paperback – 24 Apr 2003 by Robin Brooks (Author). Previous histories of Cheltenham have concentrated on the settlement’s medieval beginnings, the coming of the spa, and the Regency development that has shaped the town we know today. In this book Robin Brooks considers this early history, but also examines the spa’s legacy in much more detail, focusing primarily on the 20th century. This account starts with Cheltenham’s earliest mention and ends with a look at the town as it is at the start of the 21st century. The first chapter deals with the discovery of the spa. Then comes Cheltenham’s meteoric rise as a fashionable resort thanks to George III and the legacy this bestowed. Cheltenham owes its unity of architecture to this brief period in its past. To this day Cheltenham is burdened by its “retired colonel” image, but during the 20th century it has developed not only as an educational and cultural centre but also as a centre of the aerospace industry: H.H. Martyn won a contract to make aeroplanes during World War I, from which came Dowty, the Gloster Aircraft Company and Smiths. The final chapters take a controversial look at Cheltenham today.

Cheltenham at War (Pocket Images) Paperback – 1 Aug 2009 by Peter Gill (Author). A history of Cheltenham at war.

Cheltenham of One Hundred Years Ago: Photographic Collection Paperback – 1 Nov 1992 by Alan Sutton (Author). Selection of photos taken over 100 years ago over this area, both in mono and sepia. Suitable for framing.


  • County: Gloucestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Cheltenham
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Gloucester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Pre 1836 – Gloucester, Post 1835 – Gloucester and Bristol
  • Rural Deanery: Winchcombe
  • Poor Law Union: Cheltenham
  • Hundred: Cheltenham
  • Province: Canterbury