Status: 11 volumes published. Three volumes in preparation.

Volume XIV (Yate & district)

The Gloucestershire County History Trust is pleased to record good progress in South Gloucestershire. The history of Yate, north of Bristol, was completed by Rose Wallis in 2014, and the resulting "Yate Short" was launched in September 2015. Contracts have been let for the next round of research, on the contiguous parishes of Chipping Sodbury, Little Sodbury and Old Sodbury, all of which will contribute to a future Volume XIV. Beth Hartland is studying the medieval material, and Phil Baker the Early Modern. This is a significant and welcome extension of coverage for the VCH in the historic county.

Volume XV (Cheltenham & district)

The editorial groundwork has now been completed for a future volume (XV) covering Cheltenham and surrounding parishes. Research on the medieval period began in October 2013 (Dr Beth Hartland), followed by the start of work on the Early Modern period in 2014 (Dr Alex Craven); during 2015 Alex researched the period up to 1740 (broadly speaking, the end of the pre-spa era), and by July 2016 had substantially completed the next section, to 1852. Draft sections are now being editorially reviewed, and will be posted here when ready. Research to date - assisted by a strong group of volunteers - has uncovered significant caches of original source material not previously examined in detail, and there are good prospects for substantial additions to previous accounts of the town's history.

A 'VCH Short' volume Cheltenham before the Spa, by Alex Craven and Beth Hartland, will be published in 2017. This will describe 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.

Volume XVI (Cirencester & district)

Concurrently, similar groundwork has been carried out for a future volume (XVI) covering Cirencester and district. Research on the medieval period started in October 2013 (Dr Beth Hartland), and as with Cheltenham, drafts have been submitted and will be posted here after editorial review.  Research on post-Reformation topics got underway in 2014, and is now being led by Dr Francis Boorman. Plans are in hand to complement the documentary sources for Cirencester with essays by subject specialists, describing the Roman context for later settlement in the town and environs.


Gloucestershire Volume II Imprint Page
William Page
Jan 1907
Gloucestershire Vol 6 Imprint Page
C. R. Elrington
Jan 1965
Gloucestershire Vol 8 Imprint Page
C. R. Elrington
Jan 1968
C. R. Elrington and N. M. Herbert
Jan 1972
N. M. Herbert
Jan 1979

News and events

VCH Gloucestershire Academy Newsletter
New editor appointed to work on Cirencester volume.
Researcher sought to work on parishes around Cirencester
Call for Speakers for 'Scriptorium Tag' at Gloucester History Festival
The draft text of Cheltenham Before the Spa has been posted for comments
The latest issue of the VCH Gloucestershire Academy Newsletter is now available...
The latest volume of VCH Gloucestershire, comprising the histories of twelve...
Latest newsletter from VCH Gloucestershire Trust out now

Work in progress

Work on the three adjacent parishes of Chipping Sodbury, Lttle Sodbury and Old S...
Work on Volume 14 started with Yate. The research, which is now complete, was un...
The work on our medievalist Dr Beth Hartland and our Cheltenham editor Dr Alex C...
Cirencester's medieval period (Anglo-Saxon to 1540) has been researched and...
Work on this volume began in October 2013. Draft sections are now being edited....