Created By: Cheltenham Local History Society
This walk explores The Suffolks, one of the early southern suburbs of Regency Cheltenham. Built around a handsome square, the area takes its name from the Earl of Suffolk, who owned much of the land until the 1820s.
The elegant mansions, villas and terraces were superimposed upon an ancient agricultural landscape and depended upon domestic trades and commerce. Together with the social and economic changes of the intervening two centuries, this has created a diverse urban legacy.
Beginning in front of Suffolk House flats in Suffolk Square, the circular route takes us into Suffolk Parade, with its mix of boutique shops, cafes and restaurants. From there we will walk through the residential area to reach the impressive buildings of Cheltenham College in Bath Road, before returning along Suffolk Road to the starting point. Along the way we will look at some landmark buildings and touch upon their history. The area is very well provided with places of refreshment, for breakfast, lunch and dinner – and all points in between!
The walk takes about one hour but can be shortened by choosing the “Skip” option to select the next point of interest. If you'd prefer to select your own route, just select "Free Roam Mode" when you start the tour. Please note that you need to be within 50ft of each Point of Interest to open the detailed information.
An audio version is available under Settings where you can also toggle-on "Auto Map Rotation" to assist with navigation.
TO START THE WALK, PLEASE STAND IN FRONT OF SUFFOLK HOUSE AND SELECT "START TOUR".
This is a co-production of Cheltenham Connect and Cheltenham Local History Society, created by Stuart Manton and Andrea Creedon. For more in-depth information on the area covered by the walk please see the website www.cheltenhamsouthtown.org.