Latest News

August 2018 - First World War Wooden Memorial Crosses to be saved

Great news: Cheltenham Civic Society has received a National Lottery grant of £9,800 for a First World War memorials project in Cheltenham. Awarded through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s "First World War then and now programme", the project will focus on conserving twenty-three wooden battlefield crosses currently located in Bouncers Lane Cemetery. An education project with students and staff at Pittville School, led by history teacher Hannah Taylor, and supported by local historian and expert on WW1, Neela Mann, runs alongside the conservation of the crosses. Congratulations to CCS member (and former Vice-Chair) Freddie Gick for a successful application.


Wooden Crosses in Bouncers Lane Cemetery, Cheltenham


To read the full Press Release click WW1BattlefieldCrosses


Cheltenham Heritage Open Days

The 2018 Cheltenham Heritage Open Days Brochure is now available online or at The Wilson Tourist Information desk.

To download or view the brochure, click on the link below.

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July 2018 – Industrial Buildings

Former Whitbread Flowers Brewery, Henrietta Street, Cheltenham

Despite the World Cup on TV, many members came to hear
Amber Patrick's talk on industrial buildings - their use and
re-use in Cheltenham, the county and beyond.
Archaeologist Amber, a specialist in maltings, showed 
members various buildings including maltings in Newark,
Notts. and Cheltenham's old brewery, parts of which still
exist in The Brewery complex. Other industrial buildings
included the Strozzi Palace Hotel in Cheltenham, which still
contains an electricity sub-station. The old wagon and
carriage works in Gloucester were of particular interest
where the fine quality brickwork is in excellent condition 
despite being well over a hundred years old. Sadly, the
carriage and wagons are no longer manufactured there
and part of the building has been taken over by a 
speedway track. Members were fascinated to see
photographs of Cheltenham's old abattoir and compared 
it with a rather fine well-preserved abattoir in Tain, 

June 2018 – St Edward's School Visit


In June, we were pleased to visit St. Edward's School Sixth Form buildings at Charlton Park. King Edward the Confessor became Lord of the Manor in 1041 and a homestead at Babba's Ford (Bafford) probably became the site of Charlton Park's manor house. Tour guide, Dale Scarboro, began by showing us the pretty chapel just beyond the reception area. We then toured the elegant Georgian west wing and admired the Chippendale style staircase leading to modern school departments. The present day music department contains a beam with "1732" carved into the wood. The tour concluded with a visit to the classrooms built along one side of the old stable yard. Headmistress, Mrs. Clayfield, welcomed the group to her study for tea and cakes which were much appreciated after such an interesting tour.

Upcoming Events


Summer Garden Party ...
Saturday 25 August 2018
6.00 to 8.00pm Parmoor House

Do not miss the well-supported
Members' Summer Party - wine, 
canapés and conversation in the
garden at Parmoor House

Planning Forum


Applications discussed at the
9 August Planning Forum 

Dewerstone House, Thirlestaine Road
Demolition of Napoule & two
replacement dwellings
Jesse Mary Chambers
Almshouses, Tennyson Road
Four new bungalows
To see details of the Society’s
formal response click below.