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.
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.
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