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.


Tuesday 20 September 2016, 7.30pm
James Rendell
H.H. Martyn

Council Chamber, Municipal Offices, Cheltenham

For more details about our programme of Lectures, 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 2016. Notices and articles should be submitted to the editor, Kath Boothman, by Monday 10 October 2016.


The CLHS Journal is published once a year in April. See The Journal for our online archive of the 2015 and previous issues.

If any member would like to write an article for the 2016 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 2016 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, and is being published by The History Press. Further details about ordering copies will appear here in due course.

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 Cheltenham - Bombed and looks at the effects of two bombing raids on Cheltenham in December 1940 and July 1942 and how censorship affected the reporting of the incidents.

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 our chairman, David Scriven

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