Category: Learn about the Forest

Commoning – Animals in the Dean

Commoning as related to the Forest is principally the custom of local people keeping animals in the woods. Read More

Dark Hill Colliery

The Dark Hill gale was awarded to David Mushet in 1841, and by 1847 he had also obtained the neighbouring Shutcastle gale. Read More

Education in the Forest of Dean

The educational system of the Forest of Dean has its roots principally in the missionary work of Anglican ministers in the early 19th century. P. M. Read More

Heritage Sites

The sites, buildings, and other objects recorded in the Dean Forest Database and presented in this category are an eclectic mix. Read More


The Forest of Dean’s rich industrial history is a direct result of its geology, lying in a basin formed by carboniferous strata and almost coterminous with fields of coal and... Read More

New Regard Index

All copies of the New Regard Publication of the Forest of Dean Local History Society are available through our online store, and the index can be found here. Read More

Photos for a new Century Collection

The original photographs in this collection were taken as part of the Gloucestershire 2000 Photographic Archive project. Read More


The rapid economic development of the coal and iron mining industries during the late 18th century led to demands for improved transport links from the Forest to the Rivers Wye... Read More

Religion in the Forest of Dean

The Forest bordering Wales has the earliest recorded churches. Tidenham had a church by AD 700, and the Norman churches at St. Briavels and Hewelsfield indicate Welsh origin. Read More

Road Transport in the Dean

Road history in the Forest can be traced back to Roman times when it is believed that four roads were built or adapted by the Romans, and modern roads still... Read More

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