Memories of Pittville

Scroll through George Rowe’s engaging tour of Pittville in the mid 19th century, in his Illustrated Cheltenham Guide (1850 edition). His atmospheric line drawings of buildings and street scenes have often been used subsequently to depict life in Cheltenham in those days.

Evesham Road looking down towards Trinity Church
John Hyett: Walking around Pittville Estate in the early twentieth century, with a few asides — “Now then, a bit of conjecture and gossip”, and altogether an intriguing view into the hopes, plans, and everyday life of Pittville a century and more ago…

Bol Stallard: Memories of Pittville — reminiscences of forgotten Pittville, including: “One year, I think it was 1934 or 35, the lake frozen over and soon the ice was thick enough to support skaters. Someone installed a sound system and coloured lights and those who were lucky enough to own ice skates displayed their skills accompanied by the hit song of the day, ‘Oh Play To Me Gypsy’…”

Memories of a park-keeper’s son: Robert Holder (b. 1937) was the son of one of the park-keepers at Pittville Park. Read his reminiscences of living in the Lodge off Marle Hill Road as a small child, playing in the Park, watching the Big Top being erected for the circus, and walking around the town over seventy years ago.