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Book Mad: Cheltenham

Then... 1814... and now.
(Take the Cheltenham waters; never be bilious again!)

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An interesting map turned up inside a book. The book is still available (by mail, if necessary) as I write this. You would get it from Tim and Pinda Bryars' fine establishment in London's Cecil Court, which is where the link would take you.

I found the Bryars and Bryars description of the book on Facebook highly amusing...

    "This map from a Regency treatise on biliary diseases (truly,
    there is something for everyone at Bryars & Bryars) shows
    the locations of the mineral wells at Cheltenham...

    "This Dr Jameson character was instrumental in opening some
    of the new wells, and in publicizing them. I respect his hustle:
    first you buy this learnèd tome to find out what ails you; then
    you discover the cure is spa water..."

But even without the other things that made the book interesting, amusing.... though it didn't mean to be!... I was fascinated by "old Cheltenham". Of course, the wonderful Google Maps rapidly delivered an aerial view of the same bit of the planet today...

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If you want them, if you look closely there are four little arrows... two on each image... to help you "line up" the features on one with those on the other.

I don't think I would like everything I would find in 1814... but the lack of urban "growth" would certainly be a blessing.

The 60's classic film "If" was filmed at Cheltenham College... socially equivalent to what is called a "prep" school, for those readers who speak US "English". (The BFI voted this the 12th greatest British film of all time.)

I guess the boys didn't get enough spring water. Travis was certainly bilious. (Joke! The College was only the set of the film, not the model! A good school. But only founded long after this map. 1841. Vs early 1600s for one I am fond of. (It, coincidentally, was approached by the film-makers before they asked Cheltenham. The older school declined the opportunity.))

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