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
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:
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