Work in progress

Work on this volume started in October 2013. The intention is to cover all components of the historic Cheltenham Hundred, namely  the four ancient parishes of Charlton KingsCheltenhamLeckhampton, and Swindon (village), plus the adjacent parish of Up Hatherley, and some revision of the southwest part of Prestbury directly adjacent to Cheltenham (originally covered in Vol VIII).

The most up to date information and furtehr draft text can be found at the VCH Gloucestershire Academy website.

Dr Alex Craven served as the editor for Cheltenham until the autumn of 2017. With the assistance of our medievalist Dr Beth Hartland and our consultant editor Dr John Chandler, Dr Craven oversaw the completion of drafts for the period up to 1945. Dr Jan Broadway is acting as editor for the post-war period. The work is supported by a vibrant group of volunteers. If you would be interested in joining them, see the VCH Gloucestershire Academy website for more details.

The Gloucestershire County History Trust gratefully acknowledges the support of the Summerfield Charitable Trust. Planning and further fundraising are under way. If you would like to help this work, please visit the Support VCH Gloucestershire page.


Cheltenham 1738-2017

With the release of the VCH 'Short' Cheltenham Before the Spa, the history of the town from its origins to 1738 has now been published. Work has continued on the later history of the town, taking in its heyday as one of the principal resorts in Georgian Britain, and its subsequent expansion into one of the largest towns in the region.

Comments on the drafts are very welcome, and should be addressed to Dr Jan Broadway.

Cheltenham drafts

Cheltenham - CommunicationsPDF368.54 KB
Cheltenham - Charities for the PoorPDF439.11 KB
Cheltenham - EducationPDF261.52 KB
Cheltenham - SportPDF507.41 KB
Cheltenham - Religious HistoryPDF336.16 KB