VCH Gloucestershire Academy / Volume 15 / Cheltenham 1852-1945
In the second half of the 19th century Cheltenham developed from a spa resort into a town with a reputation for healthy and congenial surroundings, where middle-class people on fixed incomes could live comfortably. It was in this period that Cheltenham gained its Curry & Colonels reputation, as large numbers of officers who had served in India retired to the town.
Cheltenham achieved borough status in 1876. The rapid growth of the 19th century gave way to a period of population stagnation in the early 20th century, caused in part by the comparative lack of industry.
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