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Towns and Villages in or near Clearwell


Clearwell is a small village equidistant from Coleford and Newland. Nevertheless, it boasts two hotels, two public houses, a church, a chapel, a primary school and a castle (currently used as a wedding venue). The central point of the village is a cross erected in the 14th century. The village has an industrial past, and in 1608, it was noted that there were 22 tradesman and craftsmen in the village including 3 miners, 3 masons, 2 grindstone hewers, 2 nail makers and a lime burner.

Clearwell Caves, on the edge of the village, were formed by underground streams, and have been mined for iron ore, possibly as far back as Roman times. The Caves, now owned by father and son, Ray & Jonathan Wright, and are open to the public and have been used for filming on a number of occasions, including for the television series, Merlin.


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Situated 2 miles south of Coleford, just off B4228. Take turning into village of Clearwell.

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