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Books by David Elder

  • A-Z of Cheltenham

    David Elder

    Product Code: CBGCC
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    Cheltenham was a small Gloucestershire market town until becoming a major spa town following the discovery of mineral springs in the area in the early 18th century. It soon became a fashionable and popular resort and the town was transformed by the building of elegant buildings, gardens and avenues. Although visitors continue to sample the spa waters and admire the town's Regency buildings, Cheltenham has many other aspects of interest that attracts visitors to the town, not least horse-racing's famous Cheltenham Festival, as well other literary, musical and cultural festivals, and it also known as the location of the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), its offices nicknamed `The Doughnut' because of their distinctive shape. A-Z of Cheltenham reveals the stories behind the town of Cheltenham, its streets, buildings and people. All aspects of Cheltenham's history through the centuries are included and it brings to life the story of how its residents and visitors have shaped the city of today. This fascinating A-Z tour of Cheltenham's history is fully illustrated with photography and will appeal to all those with an interest in this distinctive town.
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  • Historic England: Gloucestershire

    David Elder

    Product Code: BZNVF
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    This illustrated history portrays one of England's finest counties. It provides a nostalgic look at Gloucestershire's past and highlights the special character of some of its most important historic sites. The photographs are taken from the Historic England Archive, a unique collection of over 12 million photographs, drawings, plans and documents covering England's archaeology, architecture, social and local history. Pictures date from the earliest days of photography to the present and cover subjects from Bronze Age burials and medieval churches to cinemas and seaside resorts. The county of Gloucestershire is one of the most varied in the country. Divided by the valley of the River Severn, the ancient Forest of Dean in the west of the county was home to coal mining for many years. To the east, the Cotswold Hills grew wealthy in the Middle Ages through the wool trade and many towns and villages have a rich heritage of historic buildings, from Chipping Camden and the mill town of Stroud to Cirencester, which was founded by the Romans. The two largest settlements are the cathedral city of Gloucester and Georgian Cheltenham, but other historical towns are to be found throughout the county, from Tewkesbury to Berkeley, Thornbury and Chipping Sodbury.
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  • Secret Cheltenham

    David Elder

    Product Code: BUOXF
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    The `A-side' of Cheltenham's history as a fashionable Regency spa and subsequent reinvention as a town of colleges, churches and festivals is well documented, but what about its `flip-side'? Much of the town's fascinating history has either been overlooked or lies hidden below the surface. Well-known local author David Elder delves deep into Cheltenham's lost, forgotten and hidden histories, unearthing fascinating facts and recounting some remarkable stories. Learn, for example, about some of Cheltenham's minor celebrities and local characters - from the man, who sold his wife for little more than eighteen pence, to the concert pianist, who claimed to be the re-incarnation of Franz Liszt; and not forgetting the person who led to the `discovery' of Jeeves not long before perishing at the Battle of the Somme. Secret Cheltenham reveals the lesser-known aspects of this remarkable town.
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  • Historic England: Cheltenham

    David Elder

    Product Code: BSBQH
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    This illustrated history portrays one of England's finest towns. It provides a nostalgic look at Cheltenham's past and highlights the special character of some of its most important historic sites. The photographs are taken from the Historic England Archive, a unique collection of over 12 million photographs, drawings, plans and documents covering England's archaeology, architecture, social and local history. Pictures date from the earliest days of photography to the present and cover subjects from Bronze Age burials and medieval churches to cinemas and seaside resorts. Historic England: Cheltenham shows the town as it once was, from its grand streets and squares to its famous tree-lined promenades and gardens surrounding its spas. Once the `most complete Regency town in Britain', Cheltenham became the most fashionable resort in England following George III's visit and has enjoyed centuries of prosperity based on the discovery of its natural mineral springs. But the town has not rested on its laurels and is now a vibrant centre of festivals and fashionable shops, a Mecca for horse racing, international music, cricket and world-renowned schools and colleges. Cheltenham is one of the country's most visited towns and this book will help you discover its colourful and fascinating history.
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  • Cheltenham in 50 Buildings

    David Elder

    Product Code: BKVPB
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    From a small market town to its heyday as a fashionable watering place and recognition as `the most complete Regency town in Britain', through to its subsequent reinvention as a centre for religion, education, shopping and festivals, Cheltenham has a proud and distinctive identity. This extraordinary history is embodied in the buildings that have shaped the town, from the medieval church (now its Minster) and the Montpellier Rotunda, where a young Gustav Holst performed, to the world's first (outside of London) purpose-built Masonic hall and one of the country's most iconic buildings of the modern era, the GCHQ Doughnut. In this unique study well-known local author David Elder guides the reader on a tour of its greatest treasures, revealing that Cheltenham's history is sometimes complex but never dull.
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