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. Beth Hartland has researched the medieval history of Chipping Sodbury, Little Sodbury, Old Sodbury and Doddington, while Alex Craven is currently working on the post-medieval history of The Sodburys. This is a significant and welcome extension of coverage for the VCH in the south of the historic county.

Volume XV (Cheltenham & district)

The editorial groundwork has now been completed for a future volume (XV) covering Cheltenham and surrounding parishes. Between 2013 and 2017 Beth Hartland and Alex Craven drafted the history of Cheltenham from its medieval origins to 1945.  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. Jan Broadway is now working on the post-1945 history of the town.

A 'VCH Short' volume Cheltenham before the Spa, by Alex Craven and Beth Hartland, will be published in 2018. 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 was undertaken between 2014 and 2017 by 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.

Having completed Cirencester, Francis began work on Stratton, one of the adjoining parishes. Now he is taking up a contract with VCH Middlesex and we welcomed Katy Layton-Jones to the team in January 2018 to work on the remaining outer parishes in the volume.


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

Cheltenham before the Spa published.
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...

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...
Cheltenham 1738-2017 With the release of Cheltenham Before the Spa, the history...
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....