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The Forest of Dean An Historical and Descriptive Account   By: (1825-1867)

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THE FOREST OF DEAN; AN HISTORICAL AND DESCRIPTIVE ACCOUNT, DERIVED FROM PERSONAL OBSERVATION, AND OTHER SOURCES, PUBLIC, PRIVATE, LEGENDARY, AND LOCAL.

BY H. G. NICHOLLS, M.A., PERPETUAL CURATE OF HOLY TRINITY, DEAN FOREST.

John Murray, Albemarle Street. 1858.

PREFACE.

Disappointment expressed by others and felt by myself that a History of the Forest of Dean should never have appeared in print, and an impression that a considerable amount of interesting information relative to it might be brought together, combined I may add with the fact that there seemed no probability of such a work being otherwise undertaken until old usages and traditions had passed away, have induced me to attempt its compilation. I here venture to publish the fruit of my labours, in the hope that the reader may derive some portion of that pleasure which the prosecution of the work has afforded me, and trusting that the same indulgent consideration which led the officers of the Government, the gentlemen of the neighbourhood, and many of the intelligent Foresters to aid in the execution, will by them and the public be extended to the work itself.

I have endeavoured to make it as complete as possible by supplying every known circumstance, mostly in the words of the original narrator, and yet trying so to harmonize the whole as to engage the attention of the general reader, but more particularly of the residents in the district, by acquainting them with the past and present state of one of the most interesting and remarkable localities in the kingdom.

H. G. N.

July , 1858.

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

PAGE Portraits of two Iron miners in their working dress Frontispiece Effigy of a Forest Free Miner Titlepage The Buck Stone 3 South side of the Nave in St Briavel's Church 8 Entrance to St Briavel's Castle from the North 11 The Speech House 51 Court Room in the Speech House 64 Norman Capital in Staunton Church 99 Ancient Font in Staunton Church 100 Interior of the Debtors' Prison in St Briavel's Castle 114 Court Room in St Briavel's Castle 115 Holy Trinity Church and Schools, Harry Hill 162 Christ Church, Berry Hill 166 St Paul's Church, Park End 169 St John's Church and Schools, Cinderford 171 Lydbrook Church and Schools 173 Stone Coffin lids at Flaxley Abbey 180 The Refectory of Flaxley Abbey 181 Open Timber Roof of the Abbot's Room at Flaxley Abbey 181 St Anthony's Well 182 The original Chapel at Flaxley, as it appeared in 1712 189 Flaxley Church, and Abbey in the distance 190 The Tomb of John de Yrall, Forester in Fee, in Newland 200 Churchyard The King's Bowbearer, from an ancient Tomb in Newland 201 Churchyard "Jack of the Yat," supposed to be the oldest oak in the 207 Forest The "Newland Oak" 208 An Oak, near York Lodge 209 The Devil's Chapel, in the Scowles, near Bream 213 "King Arthur's Hall," on the "Great Doward" 215 Effigy of a Forest Free Miner, reduced from a brass of 217 the fifteenth century in Newland Church Leather Sole of a Shoe, found in the old workings 218 Iron Mattock head, 9 inches long, found in the old 218 workings Oak Shovel, 30 inches long, found in the old workings 218 Light Moor Colliery 241 General View of the Centre of the Forest, from the top of 244 Ruardean Hill Geological Map of the Forest 245 Vertical Section of the Plump Hill, according to Mr 248 White's diagram Forest of Dean to face page 15 General Map of the Forest of Dean at the end

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