Cheltenham from Leckhampton Hill, c.1840

PUBLICATIONS

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To order JOURNALS please see the Journal page.

THE CHRONOLOGY SERIES

A Series of Chronologies on aspects of life in Cheltenham has been compiled by members of Cheltenham Local History Society and illustrated and edited by Jill Waller. Originally assembled to accompany displays put on by CLHS at the Gloucestershire Rural Community Council's County Local History afternoons, they are now seen as valuable overviews of various sections of Cheltenham's history, and can be used as the starting point for more detailed research.

A CHRONOLOGY of  TRADE AND INDUSTRY IN CHELTENHAM 2002 - not yet available, updating and research ongoing - if you have any relevant information please contact Sally Self (projects.clhs@btinternet.com)
A CHRONOLOGY of SICKNESS AND HEALTH IN CHELTENHAM 2003 - Reprinted 2014
A CHRONOLOGY of CRIME AND CONFLICT IN CHELTENHAM 2004 - Reprinted 2013
A CHRONOLOGY of SPORT IN CHELTENHAM - 2006
A CHRONOLOGY of NONCONFORMITY AND DISSENT IN CHELTENHAM- 2007
A CHRONOLOGY of CHELTENHAM'S LITERARY CONNECTIONS - 2008
A CHRONOLOGY of HOUSING THE POOR - 2009
A CHRONOLOGY of WORKERS MOVEMENTS IN CHELTENHAM - 2010

VCH PAPERBACK CHELTENHAM BEFORE THE SPA

Beth Hartland and Alex Craven.

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. Although numerous descriptions of the town have been published, most say little about the centuries before the 1740s, when it began to develop into 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 a market and trades serving not only its own needs but also those of the surrounding countryside. This new study 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.

Available from your local bookshop or online, price £14.

CHELTENHAM REVEALED 'The Town and Tithing' Plan c. 1800

Carolyn Greet and James Hodsdon

This publication, with twenty comprehensively annotated maps, brings to wider attention a hitherto overlooked large-scale survey of our town at the end of the 18th century. At a scale of 20 inches to the mile (about 1: 3200) it shows public and private premises, gardens, orchards and arable and pasture fields.

CHELTENHAM IN THE GREAT WAR

Neela Mann

Order this book direct from the author at a discount.

COMPACT DISC PUBLICATIONS

Cheltenham Local History Society has recently started to produce a series of Compact Discs.

The Old Town Survey, 1855-1857, pub. 2011.

This is a reproduction, in 84 sections with a full index of all public and private premises, roads and other fascinating structures, of a large-scale map, originally commissioned by Cheltenham's Borough Engineering Department. In danger of disintegration from over use, it was digitalised as part of the Society's Millennium Project. It makes a useful comparison, 50 years on, with the 'Town and Tithing' map of 1800. (see above)

No longer available - see our Research page for more information.

St Mary's Parish Church, Cheltenham, baptism, marriage and burial records 1558-1804, pub. 2013.

This information, fully transcribed from the originals by Society members, over a four period, assists family and local historians to trace the history of many of the town's individuals and families.  It includes additional intriguing information on priests, churchwardens, sermons, donations to the altar, migration and disease.

Pittville Spa Subscription Book 1830-1852, pub. 2014.

Transcribed by Kath Boothman and Jill Waller, this is the first of the Pittville Spa Subscription Books. Visitors recorded their subscriptions to use the facilities - the medicinal waters and the surrounding runs, drives and walks. They also entered their addresses in lodging houses and hotels, and this provides a valuable insight into the way the town developed in the mid-19th century, as well as being a fascinating list of the great, the good and the not-so-good!