The result of sixty years of research:
Alfred Miles with the ten-volume history of Cheltenham.
Image courtesy of Gloucestershire Archives
D12400/10 Image reference MilesV10Pic158


This section of the Cheltenham Local History Society website is designed for the publication, in digital form, of research carried out by members of the Society and is primarily about Cheltenham. This research is also available for use by Society members and the public. See below for copyright issues.

Research does not always result in a form suitable for publication in an article in the Society’s Newsletter or the annual research Journal. The results may consist of on-going research that can be published as a draft (later to be updated), transcriptions of Cheltenham documents, local documents that have been digitised (with permission) or relevant, well researched and comprehensive notes.

If you wish to have your research considered for inclusion on this page, please contact Sally, who will discuss any research or copyright issues with you. Cheltenham Local History Society reserve the right to refuse publication of any work that is not consistent with British law or with the aims of Cheltenham Local History Society which are:

‘to advance the education of the public in the history of Cheltenham’; ‘provide a forum for those interested in the history of the town to meet and share their interests’; ‘to gather, study and publish information about the history of the town’.

For further information and clarification please contact Sally Self 01242 243714

The Alfred Miles Scrapbook Project

The digitising and cataloguing of the 6,000 pages of the ten volumes of the Miles' Scrapbooks took place from 2016 to 2020 and was carried out by a group of the Society's volunteers. The Scrapbooks were compiled between 1925 and 1932. They cover the history of Cheltenham and its surroundings from the formation of the fossils to the 1930s.

You are advised to read the supporting documents before searching the spreadsheet which includes all ten scrapbooks. Please note that the digitised images are only available at Gloucestershire Archives, Alvin Street, Gloucester and at the Cheltenham Local and Family Library, to the rear of the main library in Clarence Street.

Cheltenham Borough Council Records

Minutes 1888-1946

You are advised to read the background and explanatory notes before accessing the Cheltenham Borough Council Minutes pdfs.

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To search the minutes using Google, enter your search term in the box:

Planning Applications 1895-1947

Download the list of Planning Applications from 1895 to 1947.

St Mary's Cheltenham, Parish Registers 1558-1804

The St Mary parish registers were published on CD ROM in ExCel spreadsheet format in 2013. As this publication is no longer available, the transcriptions of the registers are now being made available here. You are strongly advised to read the supporting materials, which accompany the transcriptions.

Register of St Mary's, Cheltenham, 1558 - 1653

Register of St Mary's, Cheltenham, 1676 - 1804

Old Town Survey 1855-7

In 2011 CLHS produced on CD ROM 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. The CD ROM is no longer available, but you can access the images at Gloucestershire Archives, Cheltenham Local Studies Library or through CLHS. The accompanying documents are available to download here:

Pittville Spa Subscription Book 1830-1852

A comprehensive record of the mid-19th century visitors to the Pittville Spa Pump Room. The original volume, held at Gloucestershire Archives, records their names, addresses and the Pittville amenities that they enjoyed during their stay in the town. Transcribed by Kath Boothman and Jill Waller in 2014, their research was previously available as a CD. You are advised to read the Introduction and Terms of Subscription before looking at the database.

Know Your Place Layers

KNOW YOUR PLACE (KYP) is a website displaying a range of historic maps of Gloucestershire, including tithe maps from the 1840s, the 1855 Cheltenham Old Town Survey, Ordnance Survey maps from 1844-1865, and town plans from 1879-1888, with modern street maps for comparison purposes.

CLHS volunteers have uploaded short biographies and images which are attached to maps of the Cheltenham area for two areas of interest from the first decades of the 20th century: World War I servicemen and women, and the Supporters of Women’s Suffrage.

The KYP World War 1 layer holds around 1600 entries relating to soldiers serving during the war from the Cheltenham area, linked to their home addresses. Some records also relate to women engaged in war work. Most entries are accompanied by images copied from the Cheltenham Chronicle and Gloucestershire Graphic. This collection was created by local historian David Drinkwater.

The KYP Women’s Suffrage layer has been created from a database of suffrage supporters in Gloucestershire researched and compiled by historian Sue Jones. A unique source of information and images for the Cheltenham area is a 1912 book of signatures of women and men presented in gratitude to their M.P. James Agg-Gardner for introducing the second reading of a women's suffrage bill that year (Gloucestershire Archives reference D5130/6/6).

Please read the explanatory notes on how to access the maps and data for the WW1 and Women’s Suffrage layers. The Know Your Place (KYP) website can be found here.

Copyright issues relating to material to be published on this page

In all cases, material that is submitted for inclusion on the website must be cleared for copyright before submission. Proof of permission must be given in writing by the copyright owner. In the case of documents copied by photography, scanned or reproduced by any other means, where the original is held or owned by archives, museums or private individuals, even though the original may be out of copyright, written permission must be obtained. Material copied from any webpage, unless it is under the Creative Commons Licence, can only be used with permission of the copyright holder. On acceptance of material submitted for publication on the CLHS website, you will be asked to sign a statement. This will state that you are the sole author of the material and that you have been given permission to use all copyright material you have submitted to be used electronically under the Creative Commons licence on the CLHS website (see link below)

Using material published on the Cheltenham Local History website

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