VCH Gloucestershire Academy/Volume 15

Volume 15


Places covered by this volume:

As Cheltenham editor Alex Craven drafted the history of the town into the 20th century with the assistance of our medievalist Beth Hartland and a group of volunteers. Jan Broadway took over the completion of the account to the present day.

Cheltenham before the Spa, edited by Alex Craven and Beth Hartland, was published in July 2018. This book describes the evolution of Cheltenham as a small Gloucestershire market town within a large agricultural parish, from the Saxon period until its transformation during the 18th century into a fashionable spa, and its consequent rise to become a major centre of population. This is an aspect of Cheltenham’s history which is easily overlooked, and for the most part obscured by its later development, so the book will provide fascinating and innovative insights into neglected topics. The text will form the basis for the ‘red book’ coverage of pre-spa Cheltenham in the forthcoming volume 15, but is enhanced by explanatory text boxes and additional images.

Draft Texts

We have prepared draft texts for the history of Cheltenham in the following periods:

and on the following themes covering medieval history to the present day:

We welcome comments on the drafts, which should be sent to

Transcriptions of relevant records:

Published sources

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