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Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Town of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

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Cheltenham (aka Cheltenham Spa ) is a large spa town in Gloucestershire, England, near Gloucester and Cirencester.

The town of Cheltenham has a population of 110,013 (2001 census) and the people of the town are known as "Cheltonians".

The town of Cheltenham is located on the edge of the Cotswolds. Cheltenham has been a health and holiday spa town resort since the discovery of mineral springs there in 1716.

The town is famous for its Regency architecture and is said to be "the most complete regency town in England". The small River Chelt flows under and through the town.

Cheltenham is well known for being the home of the flagship race of British steeplechase horseracing, the Cheltenham Gold Cup as part of the Cheltenham Festival. Cheltenham Racecourse website: www.cheltenham.co.uk

Cheltenham lies some 5 km (3 miles) to the east of the M5 motorway mid-way between Bristol and Birmingham on the edge of the Cotswold Hills.

The borough is based on the town of Cheltenham and is mainly urban with some areas of surrounding countryside. It covers an area of approximately 46 km (24,680 hectares) of which 17 percent is designated as green belt and 22 percent as an area of outstanding natural beauty

Official Town of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire website: www.cheltenham.gov.uk

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