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A new book focussing on early 19th and 20th century images of regency Cheltenham will be launched at Waterstones in the Promenade on 25th September.

Entitled 'Cheltenham - Past and Present', it includes about 90 photographs from this period, with about 60 of them never seen before. The author, David Hanks, completed the book earlier this year for the History Press's national series, Britain in Old Photographs. The 61 year-old author who is also a member of the Cheltenham Local History Society said "The first portrait studio in the world was based in New York, and by August 1841 there was one here in Cheltenham."

One of the rarest photos is of the Old or Royal Well in 1849/1850. Which is believed to be the only photograph depicting this historic site.

The book is available for purchase by clicking and searching on the Amazon link on the right.

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