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.
David Elder has lived in the Cotswolds for twenty-four years and is a Knowledge & Information Management Specialist and a published poet. He has written several articles and books, including Cheltenham in Antarctica, Down Cheltenham Way, Cheltenham Heritage Walks and Literary Cheltenham. He is also the Archivist of Cheltenham Camera Club. He lives in Cheltenham.