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Charlton Kings is a suburb of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, England. The area constitutes a civil parish. Prior to the Local Government Act 1972 coming into force on 1 April 1974, it had been an urban district. Its population is just over 10,000. The River Chelt enters the suburb of Charlton Kings from the easterly direction. The Cotswold Way National Trail is on its eastern boundary and runs alongside Dowdeswell Reservoir dam and Woods.It is in the heart of the Cotswolds with beautiful surroundings. Lineover Wood SSSI lies on the Cotswold District side of the eastern boundary. Charlton Kings Common and Leckhampton Hill are designated an SSSI by Natural England.HistoryThe name Charlton Kings comes from Anglo-Saxon times, the word Charlton evolved from the term ceorls' tun, a ceorl or churl being the Saxon term for an independent peasant landowner and tun meaning a fenced enclosure with a dwelling. This particular ceorl's tun was established as part of the royal manor and Hundred of Cheltenham, hence the term Kings in the name.
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