Category: Learn about the Forest


Settlement in the Dean

The settlement of the Forest has been very much influenced by the fact that for most of its history it has been Crown land and extra-parochial, so that for many... Read More


The Forest through the ages

The Forest of Dean has a long history, but its shape and form has always depended on what the political masters of the time have required from it. Read More


Whitecliff House

Whitecliff House, on the Coleford to Newland road, was built in the late 16th century, but by the end of the 18th century it had become derelict. Read More


Who Owned the Forest and How Was It Managed?

Little is known of the Forest before 1066, when the ‘lords of Dene’ held their land free of tax in return for looking after ‘the forest’. Read More

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