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.

Click here for a list of Glance Back Series

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

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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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A Glance Back at Bream
Ruth Proctor Hirst
The largest village in the Forest and one of the largest in England, Bream can trace its history back over 700 years, whilst the nearby ancient mining...more
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A Glance Back at Lydney
Neil Parkhouse
Whilst most of present day Lydney was built during the last two hundred years, the town can trace its origins back much earlier, to the time of the...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

Edwardian Dean in Colour
Neil Parkhouse & Ian Pope
A tour of the Forest of Dean's towns, villages, railways and industries from full-colour Edwardian postcards produced by Tilley of Ledbury. In...more

Fine Forest Coal, c1930

A facsimile of a booklet produced in the mid 1930s from one of Britain's oldest coalfields illustrated with photographs and maps and containing many...more

Lydney Harbour Dues & Regulations, 1902

Published in 1902 by the Great Western & Midland Severn & Wye & Severn Bridge Joint Committee this booklet gives details of the docks at Lydney and...more

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