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Arts Council award winners

Congratulations to David Elder who received a citation from Cheltenham Arts Council at the awards ceremony in April, for his outstanding service to Cheltenham Local History Society as Chair, and for his authorship of numerous books and plays on Cheltenham and the surrounding areas. Contratulations too go to CLHS member Eric Miller, who was nomimated by Leckhampton Local History Society,…

Research & Display event

Over 100 people attended our very successful Research & Display morning, enjoying the local history displays and slideshow, and chatting over refreshments. A full report will appear in the July Newsletter. Displays included: Cheltenham’s Statues and Odd Structures Bath Road and Southtown Hales Road Ellenville: a nursery and garden in Naunton Lane Drake’s Department Store The history of Cheltenham and…

Research and Display Event – Everybody welcome

Varied displays about the history of Cheltenham and the surrounding area, and refreshments. St. Luke’s Hall, St Luke’s Place, Cheltenham GL53 7HP on 2nd April 2024 from 10 o’clock to noon. Free admittance, tea and coffee. Displays include: Cheltenham’s Statues and Odd Structures Bath Road and Southtown Hales Road Ellenville: a nursery and garden in Naunton Lane Drake’s Department Store…

FREE membership for 18 to 25-year-olds

NEW – we offer free membership to 18 to 25-year-olds, giving access to our publications and recordings, and the opportunity to participate in Society events. Please come to one of our meetings at St Luke’s to sign up (entrance fees apply). Please see our Events page for details of our meetings and how to get to St Luke’s Hall.

Chronologies now online

Our series of Chronologies of aspects of life in Cheltenham, compiled by members of CLHS and illustrated and edited by Jill Waller, are now available free online. Crime & Conflict Housing the Poor Literary Connections Non-Conformity and Dissent Sickness & Health Sport Working Class Movements Please visit our Publications page to download the Chronologies.  

New online: Tivoli, architects & sculptors, and Jewish & Catholic history

Recently added to our growing database is a collection of research articles by the late Reverend Brian Torode, a long time and highly regarded member of CLHS, who was minister of St Stephen’s Church, Tivoli for many years. Items included in the archive are: The Story of Tivoli, history of trading and memories of the parish, St Stephen’s Church history…

New online Newspapers and Street Directories

Thanks to CLHS member David Drinkwater, we are making available searchable files of the Gloucestershire Graphic newpapers from 1902-1942 and Street Directories from 1837-1952. Please access the Graphics here, and directories here. There are some wonderful images in the Graphics of Cheltenham in the early 20th century, and they are well worth browsing through.

New transcription available – Manor Court records

  A new transcription has been made available on our website which will be of benefit to researchers with an interest in the property records of the Manor Court of Cheltenham from 1854-1935. The enfranchisement books of the Manor Court of Cheltenham record the transactions that turned the copyhold land held ‘in the hands of the Lord of the Manor’…

Celebrating our 40th anniversary

To mark our 40th anniversary year, our Chair, David Elder, has put together a short audio-visual presentation celebrating the activities of the Society since it was formed back in 1982. Please click here to view the presentation.

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