CHELTENHAM REVEALED ‘The Town and Tithing’ Plan c. 1800 Carolyn Greet and James Hodsdon
This publication, with twenty comprehensively annotated maps, brings to wider attention a hitherto overlooked large-scale survey of our town at the end of the 18th century. At a scale of 20 inches to the mile (about 1: 3200) it shows public and private premises, gardens, orchards and arable and pasture fields.
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VCH PAPERBACK CHELTENHAM BEFORE THE SPA by Beth Hartland and Alex Craven
The familiar image of Cheltenham, a large and prosperous former spa town, world-famous on account of its Georgian and Regency architecture, its festivals and educational establishments, masks an earlier history. Although numerous descriptions of the town have been published, most say little about the centuries before the 1740s, when it began to develop into a fashionable resort. This is the fullest account ever attempted to chronicle those centuries, from the late Saxon period until the 18th century. In this period Cheltenham developed into a successful small town, ranged along a single main street, with a market and trades serving not only its own needs but also those of the surrounding countryside. This new study draws on a range of documentary sources preserved in local and national archives, many of them never examined in detail before. It therefore helps to explain the foundations upon which present-day Cheltenham was constructed.
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