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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A Glance Back at Drybrook, Nailbridge & Steam Mills
Paul Mason
The industrial region north of Cinderford has a character all of its own, which has not been lost even though much of that industry has disappeared...more
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The Commoners of Dean Forest
Cyril Hart
This book relates to and discusses one of the Forest of Dean's ancient customs - commoning. The Forest, together with its surrounding Hundred of...more

The Free Miners of the Royal Forest of Dean and Hundred of St. Briavels
Cyril Hart
This book is an authoritative and exhaustive account of the unique ancient right of the Forest of Dean Free Miners in relation to coal, iron ore and...more

Burmuda Dick
Averil Kear
Six men were convicted of rape in the Forest of Dean in 1851 and sentenced to be transported to Bermuda. This true story follows them from their...more

A Glance Back at Lydbrook
Lydbrook Historical Society
The village of Lydbrook occupies a two-mile long valley on the north eastern edge of the Forest of Dean. Whilst the main part of the village borders...more
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Robert Mushet and the Darkhill Ironworks
Keith Webb
Robert Mushet is the father of modern steel alloys. His pioneering experiments, carried out at his Darkhill Ironworks, near Coleford in the Forest...more

A Glance Back at Mitcheldean
Paul Mason
Mitcheldean, situated at the northernmost tip of the Forest of Dean, lies in a bowl in the landscape and was thus a favourite with the photographers...more

Aspects of Awre
Awre Millenium Committee
A look at aspects of the history of the west Gloucestershire village of Awre, which lies, largely unspoilt and almost hidden, on a small piece of land...more
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Retrieving Wenty's Sturty Bird
Ian Hendy
Who was Wenty? What was a 'Sturty Bird'? And what have they got to do with Bream cenotaph? This fascinating and deeply moving book details the history...more

A Glance Back at Coleford
Keith & June Webb
An attractive market town which can trace its history back some 800 years, Coleford is the hub for a number of routes radiating out into the Forest of...more
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