Welcome to Cheltenham Local History Society

CLHS welcomes everyone who shares our interest in the study and promotion of local history, particularly the history of our town, Cheltenham, and the surrounding area in the county of Gloucestershire.

If you have an enquiry about the history of Cheltenham and its inhabitants, contact Jill Waller. (Please note there may be a delay in replying.)

For enquiries about our Society, please contact the Chair, David Elder, or Secretary, Alison Pascoe.

A short history of our town can be found on The Wilson website


To mark the 70th anniversary of the twinning of our towns, the Local History Societies of Cheltenham and Göttingen have each compiled photographic presentations illustrating the changes which have taken place over the last seventy years.

Cheltenham’s presentation can be viewed here, and Göttingen’s is available here, or please visit the Twinning Association website or the Göttingen History Society website.


Meetings are held from September to May, in St Luke’s Church Hall, St Luke’s Place, Cheltenham GL53 7HP, and a few are virtual meetings on Zoom. For details of our programme of Lectures for 2021/22, see Meetings and Lectures

Our Summer History Afternoon will be held at St Andrew's Church on Saturday 25th June 2022.


Read our latest Newsletter

Our Newsletters are published three times a year, in March, July and November. The next Newsletter will be published in March 2022. Notices and articles should be submitted to the editor, Kath Boothman, by Monday 14 February 2022.


The CLHS Journal is published once a year in April. See The Journal for an online searchable index of previous issues.

The EDITOR is Julie Courtenay. Further enquiries relating to the submission of articles or advice on writing an article, should be addressed to editor.clhs@gmail.com.


See our Publications page for books and CDs available for sale, including a series of Chronologies on aspects of life in Cheltenham; Cheltenham Revealed ‘The Town and Tithing’ Plan c.1800; Cheltenham in the Great War; Cheltenham Before the Spa (VCH); and compact discs of St Mary’s Church parish records and the Pittville Spa Subscription Book 1830-1852.

Members may borrow books and documents from our Library.

Books donated by our members are also available to purchase from our Bookshop.


When the pandemic restrictions are not in place, CLHS has a display table in the Cheltenham Local & Family History Centre in Chester Walk, which is behind the main public library in Clarence Street. Previous displays have featured the Spanish Influenza, the Dowty Group and the Cheltenham hospitals, amongst other local history topics.

Information on resources held at the Cheltenham Local & Family History Centre can be found here  and guidance on finding documents in the Gloucestershire Archives @ Heritance Hub online catalogue can be found here.