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Saturday 12th July
St Briavels

Local history societies who are members of GLHA take turns to host the GLHA Summer Event. This year it is the turn of the Forest of Dean Local History Society to host the Summer Event at
St Briavels.

Apart from the traditional tea and cakes at the end of the day, there are four activities to choose from:

A tour of St Briavels 12th Century castle followed by a look at St Marys' Church

A look at St Marys' church followed by a tour of the castle

A village walking tour around buildings of historical interest

A short drive to neighbouring Hewelsfield for a talk on the church and the remains of the local motte and bailey castle. Tehn a drive back for a short walk around St Briavels

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Introducing a special edition of our journal New Regard Number 28!

"Cinderford through the years"

Lavishly illustrated with over 90 photographs and many original maps, author Ron Beard examines the state of Cinderford in 1963 and then shows how it has developed in the intervening years

Available at these local stockists..

Order a copy here....

Find out more about the latest issue of the New Regard


 Sunday 25th May 2014
2'30pm at

Linear Park Car Park,
Cinderford Bridge

Ron Beard leads
"A Walk Around Cinderford"

Led by Ron Beard, the walk will complement the recent special issue of the New Regard (Cinderford through the years). The walk will be 'free-standing' and it will not be assumed that walkers have read the Journal.

The walk will start at the Linear path car park at Cinderford Bridge. It should last approximately 2.5 hours and will mostly be conducted along roads and reasonable tracks. Good walking shoes or trainers are recommended.

Non members are welcome at this event

Experience the
Bicslade Tramroad Trail!

The area around Bicslade is an ideal location in which to see many aspects of the modern working forest complementing the varied ecological benefits provided by this ancient working landscape. Along the way you will see a working freemine, a monument to a mining disaster at the pithead of an old mine, working quarries,
and old drift mines.

Experience the
Tramroad Trail here...

Buy our walks leaflets here....

Resources for Researchers

Interested in researching a subject, but not sure how to start??
Download our guide here......

Gloucestershire Archives Research Guides
Click here to access....

See the complete index for volumes 1 -28 of our journal (The New Regard)

Click here to download..........

Request reprints from 'The New Regard'
Click here ................................

Learn more about our own library and index lists...
Click here..................................

Download an index for the Jack Bell Collection (housed at Lydney Library)
Click here............................

FODLHS Newsletter
January 2014

Features in the latest Newsletter include:

100 Years of Yorkley Institute
Meet the Deputy Gaveller
Lost Houses of the Dean
Conservation Piece

Our members get their copy by post. Why not
join the Society and get your regular copy?

You can download a copy of a previous  newsletter  (October 2013) here

Visiting The Forest of Dean?

See the Miners Memorial
& the Geomap
at the New Fancy

Download the Geomap site leaflet

Download the Geomap description leaflet


The original photographs in this collection were taken as part of the Gloucestershire 2000 Photographic Archive project. 

Produced by Ron Beard, The New Edition includes the 100 original sites, 44 additional sites from the 2000 exercise and 7 completely new sites.  The 144 sites that were photographed for the year 2000 have all been re-photographed to record any changes that have occurred over the last ten years.  Improvements in technology have enabled larger images to be shown and we have also been able to include more than one photograph of several of the sites. 

Click here for more information!
FODLHS Published Walks

The Mine Trail Walks
Three walks of approximately 5 miles each, exploring the sites and remains of the Forest mining history.

More details here......
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