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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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

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

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 Forest Beat
Geoff Sindrey & Ted Heath
This is an entertaining and detailed account of the policing of that part of Gloucestershire which lies between the rivers Severn and Wye, written...more
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Cinderford St. John's Cricket Club
Alec Kear
Cinderford St. John's Cricket Club was formed in 1880 by the choirboys of St. John's Church who were also pit boys. By the early 1900s...more

A Flower of the Forest
Jean Keston
The story of a Coleford lad killed on the retreat to Dunkirk in 1940. Jean has brought her loving and close knit family to life, in a tale that builds...more

Blood on Coal
Ralph Anstis
Many books have been written about the 1926 General Strike and lockout but none up to now has told how the Forest of Dean was affected. The strike was...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
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Old Stone Crosses of West Gloucestershire
Ruth Proctor Hirst
A look at the old stone crosses of West Gloucestershire.more

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