Forest of Dean Local History Titles

Our range of Local History books reflects our own deep interest in the Forest of Dean in West Gloucestershire and its history. Indeed, our first ever book, published in 1994, was Edwardian Dean in Colour. Based on the Edwardian colour postcards issued by Tilleys of Ledbury, it presents a vivid portrait of the Dean how it was 100 years ago.

Since then the range has been expanded and now includes a number of important titles, including A Forest Beat (the history of policing and police stations in the Dean) and Blood on Coal (the story of the Forest Coalfield during the 1926 General Strike).

We have also published completely revised and updated editions of three of the most sought after out-of-print books on the region : The Free Miners, The Commoners of Dean and The Verderers & Forest Laws of Dean,all written and revised by Dr Cyril Hart, and thus they remain the standard works of reference on their subjects.

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Details of new and forthcoming titles are announced in our News section at the appropriate time.

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Private Owner Wagons of the Forest of Dean
Ian Pope
With over 370 illustrations plus maps and other illustrative material, this book serves as the most comprehensive study of the private owner wagons...more
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BR Steam in Dean
Ben Ashworth & Ian Pope
Pannier tanks and stunning scenery make an unmissable combination in Ben Ashworth's photographs of the last days of steam in the Forest of Dean.more

Forest of Dean Lines and the Severn Bridge
Neil Parkhouse
The Severn & Wye and Forest of Dean tramroads are amongst the earliest lines established in Great Britain. Horse operated, they were later converted...more

Overlooking the Wye : A guide to the heritage of the Wye Valley
Ruth Waycott
Inspirational Valley : Visitors have delighted in the landscape of the Wye Valley for centuries. British tourism was born here in the late 1700s, when...more

A History of Cottrell's Coaches of Mitcheldean
Paul Mason
From the first vehicle that Christopher Cottrell used in the 1880s until the closure of the company in 2007, the Cottrell family provided a...more

The Story of Parkend: A Forest of Dean Village
Ralph Anstis
This was one of the first books put together by Lightmoor Press and it has now been republished in an extended format with extra photographs to add to...more

Severn & Wye Joint Railway Appendix to WTT 1932

Originally issued on 11 April 1932 by the GW and LMS railways, this booklet contains highly detailed instructions on the working of the lines in the...more

A Treatise on Forest of Dean Stone, 1913

First published in 1913 by The United Stone Firms Ltd, this extremely rare little booklet was a promotional item extolling the qualities of the...more

The Verderers and Forest Laws of Dean
Cyril Hart
Forest along with its Forest law supplementing Common law in England, was introduced by the Norman conqueror after 1066 for the purpose of providing...more

A Glance Back at Newnham-on-Severn
Humphrey Phelps
Newnham-on-Severn is one of the most fascinating towns in the whole of Gloucestershire, with a history stretching back several hundred years which...more
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A History of Cottrell's Coaches of Mitcheldean
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