Held AtGloucestershire Archives
LevelCollection
Alt Ref NoD5130
TitleRecords given by Cheltenham Library
Date[1713]-1977
DescriptionThe documents in this collection vary widely in age and type reflecting the fact that they were acquired by the Library as gifts and purchases from many different sources over several decades. Details of provenance are given where known. The Library's accessions register has been deposited as part of the collection D3554 and a conspectus of library and G.R.O. references is available.
The collection includes a large section of miscellaneous correspondence (mainly 19th century) covering a wide range of topics. Many of the correspondents are well known local figures (e.g. Rev. Francis Close; Dorothea Beale) and a few are of national significance (e.g. the Earl of Ellenborough).


Contents of the collection:

Borough of Cheltenham:
Record of railings sent for salvage 1941
Analysis of Cheltenham water 1887
*Local authority publications including reports and leaflets, 1990s-2000s
*Building control and related files, reports and papers for properties in Cheltenham, 1990s-2000s

Hospitals:
Leckhampton Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital: accounts 1915-1919
Leckhampton Red Cross Hospital: cash book 1914-1919

Charities:
Cheltenham Friendly Brothers: cash book 1880-1888
Cheltenham Female Refuge: minutes and reports 1844-1934; accounts 1845-1850, 1931-1934

Societies:
Cheltenham Consumer Group: minutes 1964-1977
Cheltenham Cultural Council: minutes 1945-1953
Cheltenham Natural Science Society: minutes 1877-1903; correspondence 1965-1940
*Cheltenham Reform Association: correspondence and papers 1807-1832
*Williams' Library, Cheltenham: subscription registers, 1815-1825, 1868-1895
*Cheltenham Children's Library, 1984-1988
Women's Jubilee Offering to Queen Victoria 1887

Estate and family:
Agg and Agg-Gardner families of Cheltenham: business and personal papers of J Agg-Gardner c.1820-1896; subscribers to testimonial to James T Agg-Gardner MP 1919
Archer family of Cheltenham: ledger of F Archer, jockey 1885-1886
Daubney family of Cheltenham and West Suffolk: diaries of Dorothy Daubney 1899-1949
Cheltenham: poll book [1713]
*Hill family: sketch books containing watercolour drawings of botanical specimens by Miss Anne Hill, nd [early-mid 19th century]
*Master of the Ceremonies' books containing notifications of arrival in Cheltenham of visitors to the town, 1851, 1871
*Onley family of Cheltenham: list of subscribers to testimonial presented to Samuel Onley junior of Cheltenham [political agent?], 1877
*Sketch book containing views of Cheltenham, Clifton, River Severn and elsewhere (artist unknown), [1810-1815]
*Wyatt: "Architectural Interior Design": volume of drawings of architectural features by C Wyatt, sculptor, nd [late 18th century-early 19th century]

Solicitors:
Hughes and Tanner of Cheltenham:
Clients' papers: Hughes and Tanner families of Cheltenham: business and household vouchers of R Hughes 1790-1820

Businesses:
D J Humphris of Cheltenham, architect: plans of public buildings in Cheltenham 1846-1896
Rainger, Stride and Jones of Cheltenham, architects: vouchers of C and F Rainger 1875-1876
West Country Breweries Ltd: Cheltenham Brewery: ledger 1800-1807; barley book 1812-1814; plans and elevations of tied houses (1826)-1828
Anon of Cheltenham: sugar merchant's accounts 1771-1778
Miss Carrick, dressmaker: accounts c.1866
*Various: bill-heads and leaflets relating to businesses in Cheltenham, [18th century-20th century]
*Pittville [spa and gardens] subscription book, 1830-1852 [this volume is not fit for production; please use the scanned copy and transcription created by Cheltenham Local History Society, D11565/1]

Parish:
Stanton: apprenticeship indenture concerning George Woodward, 1866
Presentation address to the Reverend J A Aston, vicar of St Lukes, Cheltenham, 1883

Archaeology:
Notes of archaeological excavations in the Cheltenham area 1883-1927
E J Burrow: papers concerning archaeological digs at Belas Knap Long Barrow, Winchcombe, and Leckhampton Hill Camp 1922-1927
J Sawyer: notes and correspondence relating to archaeological finds in Cheltenham area 1883-1915
Dr E T Wilson: correspondence relating to archaeology and proposed national inventory of worked flints
1912-1916
G B Witts: correspondence about archaeological finds in Gloucestershire 1877-1885

Music:
Manuscript of Symphony no. 5 by Malcolm Arnold, July 1961; photographs, manuscripts, concert programmes, newscuttings and notes relating to Harold Chipp [Chairman of the Cheltenham Gramophone Society c. 1961], c. 1920-1970; manuscript of James Elroy Flecker's 'Don Juan' and related papers, 1910-1934;

Glass slides: Moody Bell Collection (2 boxes) Miss Drew Collection (1 box) and the Beozley Collection (6 boxes)
NotesAccessions 8725, 11122, 11324, 11440 and 11964 are uncatalogued
Custodial HistoryGiven by Cheltenham Library between 2 December 1985 and 28 June 1988, 7 October and 8 December 1988, 25 June, 17 and 18 September 1992, 9 May 1994, 7 January 1999 and 13 April 2010
Access ConditionsThese records are open for research
* denotes that this collection contains some uncatalogued records - please give us at least one week's notice of your visit if you would like to look at this material
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