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Charlton Kings is a contiguous village adjoining or suburb of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, England. The area constitutes a civil parish and contained 10,396 residents in 2011. Its mirror inspired author Lewis Carroll to write the story Through the Looking-Glass and is displayed in a large house.LandscapeIn the west foothills of the north-south Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the surroundings of Charlton Kings are protected by natural conservation directives. Lineover Wood SSSI sits on the Cotswold District side of the eastern boundary. Charlton Kings Common and Leckhampton Hill are also designated as SSSIs by Natural England.The River Chelt enters the area from the east. The Cotswold Way National Trail is on Charlton Kings's eastern boundary and runs alongside Dowdeswell Reservoir and Woodland.HistoryThe place name comes from Anglo-Saxon times, the word "Charlton" evolved from the term ceorls' tun, a ceorl latterly rendered churl being the Saxon term for an independent peasant landowner and -tun (latterly rendered -ton) meaning an enclosure with a dwelling. This example was established as part of the royal manor and Hundred of Cheltenham, hence the term "Kings" in the name.
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