Slow dating cheltenham

29-Sep-2015 17:18

Of course historic Cheltenham was itself built by extravagant (and greedy) property speculators, often taking stupid risks – its finest landmarks are the legacy of people whose building schemes were so overblown they bankrupted themselves.

But the things they left behind them are treasures, buildings of inspiring beauty and lasting craftsmanship.

This site is not about the corporate Cheltenham, nor the touristy Cheltenham, but small focused vignettes of the town as it really is (or was in the past).

I worry that Cheltenham is suffering a slow and irreversable loss of character.

In September 2011 this 200-year-old house was demolished.

My pictures cover the last decade and a half but I wish I’d started my photographic efforts earlier, as so many beautiful things in the town have disappeared in the last 15 years … I’m not making Cheltenham out to be some heritage utopia which has to be preserved at all costs and in every detail.

I’d just like to see the developers and councillors show a little for the town instead of shitting their profit-driven cram-’em-in development portfolios all over it, and destroying a heritage landscape for short-term economic gain.

Insensitive planning and get-rich-quick property speculation have taken their toll in the last few years.

Even now the secluded lanes of Lansdown are alive with the clanking of lorries and the whine of angle-grinders as people defy the credit crunch for one more makeover spree.

Cheltenham is a Regency-period spa town in Gloucestershire, south-west England.

My pictures cover the last decade and a half but I wish I’d started my photographic efforts earlier, as so many beautiful things in the town have disappeared in the last 15 years … I’m not making Cheltenham out to be some heritage utopia which has to be preserved at all costs and in every detail.

I’d just like to see the developers and councillors show a little for the town instead of shitting their profit-driven cram-’em-in development portfolios all over it, and destroying a heritage landscape for short-term economic gain.

Insensitive planning and get-rich-quick property speculation have taken their toll in the last few years.

Even now the secluded lanes of Lansdown are alive with the clanking of lorries and the whine of angle-grinders as people defy the credit crunch for one more makeover spree.

Cheltenham is a Regency-period spa town in Gloucestershire, south-west England.

And this is a warts-and-all celebration of the town and its unique heritage.