St Mary's, Cheltenham's Medieval Parish Church, c.1840

Welcome to Cheltenham's Local History Hub

CLHS welcomes everyone who shares our interest in the study and promotion of local history, particularly the history of our town, Cheltenham, and the surrounding area in the county of Gloucestershire.

If you have an enquiry about the history of Cheltenham and its inhabitants, contact our enquiries coordinator Joyce Cummings.


There are no meetings over the summer.

For more details about our programme of Lectures for 2017/18, see Meetings and Lectures


Read our latest Newsletter

Our Newsletters are published three times a year, in March, July and November. The next Newsletter will be published in November 2017. Notices and articles should be submitted to the editor, Kath Boothman, by Monday 9 October 2017.


The CLHS Journal is published once a year in April. See The Journal for our online archive of the 2016 and previous issues.

If any member would like to write an article for the 2018 Journal please contact the editor, Sally Self, as soon as possible. Advice and support on writing the article can be given if needed. Articles should be submitted to the editor by 30 November 2017 at the latest.



The Pittville Subscription Book is a large ledger in which early 19th. century visitors to Cheltenham recorded their subscriptions to use the facilities at the Pump Room and the surrounding pleasure grounds. The CD gives a brief history of the Pump Room and the Book, with over 8,000 entries from the 475 pages. The present day locations of the addresses allows one to explore the lives of these visitors and to chart the expansion of Cheltenham.

Price £5 each ( UK P & P for up to two discs, free )
Cheques payable to Cheltenham Local History Society
Download Order Form


We are pleased to announce the publication of a new book on Cheltenham, covering the period 1914-1918, Cheltenham in the Great War, by Neela Mann, in association with Cheltenham Local History Society. The book was published by The History Press in March 2016 and is available at The Wilson; Cheltenham Local Studies Library; Dodwell’s Bath Road; The Suffolk Anthology, Suffolk Parade; Gloucestershire Family History Society at the Frith Centre, Gloucester; The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, The Docks, Gloucester; W.H. Smiths, Cheltenham and Waterstones at the Promenade. It is also on Amazon. Further details can be downloaded here.

Copies can be purchased by sending a cheque made out to Cheltenham Local History Society at a discount of £10 + £3.00 postage and packing from Neela Mann, Orchard House, 338 Old Bath Road, Cheltenham GL53 9AF.

CLHS Display at Cheltenham Local & Family History Centre

Cheltenham Local History Society has a display table in the Cheltenham Local & Family History Centre In Chester Walk, behind the main public library in Clarence Street, where we have regularly-changing documentary and photographic displays focusing on various aspects of the town’s history. The current display is entitled 'Elizabeth Baghott-a controversial women' (until 8 May). This will be followed by 'Early Police Women of Gloucestershire' (until 10 June) and 'Cecily Lewis, Cheltenham's First Lady Practioner and Grace Billings, Chemist and Druggist, 1872-1993' (until 31 July).

If any member has a collection of photographs or other documents illustrating Cheltenham life in times gone by that they would be willing for the Society to use in a display at the Centre, please contact Journal Editor, Sally Self.

Download our Guide to Finding Documents at the Local History Library and Archives.

The 19th. century prints of Cheltenham used on this website have been reproduced courtesy of Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum and 3 images © Sue Rowbotham