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Cheltenham: A New History [Hardcover]

Anthea Jones

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Table of Contents

Preface ix Introduction 1 1 Territory 5 The Cheltenham hundred 5 Tithing and township 8 Manors 11 Parishes 15 Boundaries 27 2 Structures 33 Townships and common fields 33 Lords of the manor 42 Cheltenham manor 42 Rectory manors 47 The manor of Charlton or Ashley 53 The manor of Redgrove 54 Lords and vills in 1316 55 Villagers 56 Free holdings 58 Burgages 59 3 Growth 61 Cheltenham in 1294 65 Relative prosperity in the fourteenth century 66 The work of the town 74 Cheltenham in 1453 76 The Military Survey of 1522 82 Reformation 86 The dissolution of the monasteries 86 Suppression of the chantries 87 Cheltenham Grammar School 90 Population in the Chantry Certificates 91 4 Transition 95 The Church after the dissolution 96 Mid-sixteenth-century enclosure 102 The 1617 survey of Cheltenham manor 106 The freeholds 108 The burgages 110 Customary tenants 111 The Copyhold Act, 1625 112 The manor houses 115 5 Commerce 127 Population in the early seventeenth century 127 Men and occupations in 1608 129 Population in the later seventeenth century 135 Political arithmetic 137 Hearths and status 140 Inside and out of doors 143 Craftsmen 146 Maltsters 147 Yeomen and husbandmen 148 The gentlemen and the gentry 150 Retailers and innkeepers 152 6 Myth 159 Population in the eighteenth century 159 The early spa 162 Thomas Robins' pictures of Cheltenham 171 Early guide books 175 Lord Fauconberg and George III 179 An unusual small town 187 The attractions of Cheltenham 192 7 Power 195 Land ownership 197 The Vestry 202 Turnpike Trusts 204 The Paving Commission 207 People and powers 207 Market buildings 210 Enclosure 212 Barriers to expansion 217 Church land and tithes 217 Cheltenham enclosure, 1801-06 221 8 Reality 227 The age of bureaucracy, 1801-21 230 The 1831 census 234 Politics 242 Expansion 246 Early nineteenth-century entrepreneurs 250 The Harwards and the Jearrads 250 The Thompsons and the Jearrads 253 Joseph Pitt 258 Dr Granville's Spas of England 263 9 Improvement 267 Public health 267 Railways 274 Cheltenham's social structure in 1851 279 Private enterprises 282 Churches 282 Schools 285 The incorporated borough 288 Social structure in the later nineteenth century 293 Occupations, 1881-1921 297 Industry 300 Housing as a social duty 304 10 Diversification 307 The Poets' estate 308 Attracting industry 312 Industrial successes 316 Social housing 321 The growth of the suburbs 327 Industrial expansion and decline after the Second World War 328 Housing after the Second World War 335 11 Ethos 343 Municipal enterprise 344 Developing the garden town 353 Leisure and cultural enterprises 358 The races 359 Theatre 362 Music 363 Festivals 366 Conservation 368 Conservation areas 368 Conversion 372 Civic pride 374 Notes and references 376 Bibliography 389 Index 394 Acknowledgements 406

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