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Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, One Place Study

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Date: 15 Sep 2020
Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershiremap
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This is a One Place Study to add historical and notable facts about the Forest of Dean Wikipedia:Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.

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Towns in the Forest of Dean


These are some of the villages in the Forest of Dean(more to be added in the future)

Historical Notables

Occupations and Trades

Mining in Forest of Dean

The Forest of Dean Coalfield, underlying the Forest of Dean, in West Gloucestershire, is one of the smaller coalfields in the British Isles, although intensive mining during the 19th and 20th centuries has had enormous influence on the landscape, history, culture, and economy of the area.

For hundreds of years, mining in the Forest of Dean Coalfield has been regulated through a system of freemining, in which individuals who qualify are granted leases to mine specified areas, known as gales. The Coal Industry Nationalisation Act 1946 exempted the Forest of Dean because of its unique form of ownership and history, allowing the unique privilege to continue intact.Wikipedia:Forest of Dean Coalfield

Pastimes in the Forest of Dean

Brass bands have been a pastime in the Forest of Dean for a long time and in an article published in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Review Newspaper in 2018 written by Mark Elson it tells the history of brass bands in the Forest of Dean.[3]

Places of Interest

  • Dean Heritage Centre

The Dean Heritage Centre is located in the valley of Soudley, Gloucestershire, England in the Forest of Dean and exists to record and preserve the social and industrial history of the area and its people. Wikipedia:Dean Heritage Centre

  • Clearwell Caves

Clearwell Caves, at Clearwell in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England, is a natural cave system which has been extensively mined for iron ore. It now operates primarily as a mining museum. The caves are part of a Natural England designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and the notification includes parts of Clearwell along with Old Bow, Lambsquay and Old Ham mine complexes.Wikipedia:Clearwell Caves

  • Puzzlewood

Puzzlewood (grid reference SO578092) is an ancient woodland site and tourist attraction, near Coleford in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England.[1][2] The site, covering 14 acres (5.7 ha), shows evidence of open cast iron ore mining dating from the Roman period, and possibly earlier.

Over a mile of pathways were laid down in the early 19th century to provide access to the woods, and provide picturesque walks. The area contains strange rock formations, secret caves and ancient trees, with a confusing maze of paths.

The site is listed as a regionally important geological site in the 'Forest of Dean Local Plan Review Wikipedia:Puzzlewood

Useful links

  • Forest of Dean Family History Trust[4]


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  1. https://colefordtown.net/coleford/
  2. History of Parliament sitehttp://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1558-1603/member/wynter-edward-1560-1619
  3. https://www.theforestreview.co.uk/article.cfm?id=113410&headline=Notes+on+a+cultural+phenomenon&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018
  4. https://forest-of-dean.net/joomla/index.php

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