Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Cheltenham, a town of England, in the county of Gloucester, is a watering-place of fashion, and stands on the Chelt, a tributary of the Severn. Beautifully situated in a valley, it was only a small village, when in 1716 mineral streams were discovered, which led to its rapid growth. Its waters are reputed good for liver ailments and dyspepsia. It has fine squares, gardens, pump-rooms, and places of amusement. It is also distinguished as an educational centre, having besides private schools the large proprietary college, grammar school, ladies' college, and training college for teachers. Its parish church is of the fourteenth century, and among its other buildings the most notable are the Roman Catholic chapel, with a spire over 200 ft. high, the public library, and the corn exchange. It is a municipal and parliamentary borough, returning one member to Parliament.