Public Service Update

From the 19th July 2021 we are launching our new online catalogue with an integrated booking system.  There will also be changes to our public service due to the lifting of Covid restrictions, in line with Government guidance. 

See here for further details.

Alvin Street partially closed

Please note that Alvin Street will be closed to traffic at the London Road end from 27 September for 3 days. Access to Clarence Row and Alvin Street will remain from Worcester Street.

Cheltenham Local and Family History Centre

For anyone who wants to know about past and present life in the Cheltenham area.

  • The Centre can be used at any time when Cheltenham Library is open
  • It is helpful to contact the library (01242 532693) in advance of your visit so that staff can advise you or retrieve material ready for your visit


Wide range of books and pamphlets about Cheltenham and the surrounding area

  • Cheltenham guide books dating from 1781
  • Cheltenham electoral rolls from 1892-2001
  • Borough Council minutes from 1896
  • Victoria County History of Gloucestershire and other standard histories of Gloucestershire 

Newspapers (usually on microfilm)

  • Cheltenham Chronicle 1809-1983
  • Cheltenham Examiner 1839-1899 - Index available - Thanks to Cheltenham Local History Society
  • Cheltenham Looker-On 1833-1920
  • Gloucestershire Echo from 1884 to the present day
  • Other Cheltenham newspapers are available - please check the newspapers list for more titles


  • Maps and plans of Cheltenham dating from 1810 to the present
  • Selection of local Ordnance Survey maps at 25 inches to mile/1:2500 on microfiche
  • Selection of local Ordnance Survey maps at 6 inches to mile/1:10,000
  • Cheltenham Goad maps from 1976 to present day


  • Cheltenham street directories and annuaires, 1837-1975
  • County directories on microfiche, 1820-1939

Photographs and prints

  • Varied collection of photographs including aerial views, historic buildings, Second World War bomb damage, 1930s views by Hugo Van Wadenoyen and a small collection of early prints 


  • Cheltenham Local History Society - Journal
  • Charlton Kings Local History Society - Bulletins
  • Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society
  • Cotswold Life

World War 1

  • Cheltenham absent voters' lists, 1920, 1921 (Spring & Autumn) and 1925 (see downloadable document to the right)

 Cheltenham Local History Society

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