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Gloucestershire XV - Cheltenham and district

Cheltenham before the Spa

As its title implies Cheltenham before the Spa, by Alex Craven and Beth Hartland, 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, 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 XV, but will be enhanced by explanatory text boxes and additional images. Cheltenham before the Spa will be published shortly.

Other Drafts

We will make drafts of other sections available, as soon as they are ready. Comments are welcomed and should be sent to Jan Broadway, who is co-ordinating the completion of the volume.