21 Facts About Cheltenham


Cheltenham, known as Cheltenham Spa, is a spa town and borough on the edge of the Cotswolds in the county of Gloucestershire, England.

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Cheltenham became known as a health and holiday spa town resort, following the discovery of mineral springs in 1716, and claims to be the most complete Regency town in Britain.

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Cheltenham stands on the small River Chelt, which rises nearby at Dowdeswell and runs through the town on its way to the Severn.

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Cheltenham built a pump to regulate the flow of water and erected an elaborate well-house complete with a ballroom and upstairs billiard room to entertain his customers.

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Lee, with the flats of the Cheltenham Racecourse becoming a giant storage depot for countless trucks, jeeps, tanks and artillery pieces.

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On 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, the borough of Cheltenham was merged with Charlton Kings urban district to form the non-metropolitan district of Cheltenham.

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Cheltenham is on the edge of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the South-West region of England.

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Districts of Cheltenham include: Arle, Benhall, Charlton Kings, Fairview, Fiddler's Green, Hesters Way, Lansdown, Leckhampton, Lynworth, Montpellier, Oakley, Pittville, Prestbury, the Reddings, Rowanfield, St Luke's, St Mark's, St Paul's, St Peter's, Springbank, Swindon Village, Tivoli, Up Hatherley, Whaddon and Wyman's Brook.

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Cheltenham is a regional shopping centre, home to department stores, the oldest being Cavendish House, from 1823, and the Regent Arcade.

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In 2012, The Guardian found that, at the end of 2011,41 multi-millionaires lived in Cheltenham, which was the fourth-highest rate in the UK of multi-millionaires per 100,000 people at 35.

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Many of the buildings are listed, including the Cheltenham Synagogue, judged by Nikolaus Pevsner to be one of the architecturally best non-Anglican ecclesiastical buildings in Britain.

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In 2010, Cheltenham was named the UK's fifth "most musical" City by PRS for Music.

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Cheltenham has played host to and featured in a number of film and TV series:.

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Cheltenham has four theatres: the Everyman, the Playhouse, the Bacon and the Parabola Arts Centre.

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In 2013, Cheltenham was named one of the safest towns for university students to live in the UK by the Complete University Guide.

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Cheltenham College was the first of the public schools of the Victorian period.

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Cheltenham has one of the largest croquet clubs in the country, and is home to the headquarters of the national body of the sport, the Croquet Association.

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Cheltenham Festival is a significant National Hunt racing meeting, and has race prize money second only to the Grand National.

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Cheltenham is often noted for its atmosphere, most notably the "Cheltenham roar", which refers to the enormous amount of noise that the crowd generates as the starter raises the tape for the first race of the festival.

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Cheltenham is adjacent to the M5 motorway, between Bristol and Birmingham, and its junction with the A417 to Swindon and the A40 runs from across the M5 through the town towards Oxford and London.

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Cheltenham was a terminus of the Gloucester and Cheltenham Tramroad.

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