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Mitcheldean

Towns and Villages in or near Mitcheldean


Description

Mitcheldean is a large and thriving community on the northern fringe of the Forest. The village has many old timbered houses and narrow streets. It was once known as 'Dene Magna' and was originally a small hamlet at a major crossroads. It was a producer of iron as well as, more uniquely, cloth and leather.

A mile or so south of the village is St Anthony's Well, one of many throughout the land said to have magical curative powers. The water at this well is invariably icy cold and bathing in it is said to provide a cure for skin disease (St Anthony's Fire was the medieval name for a rampant itching disease). The monks at nearby Flaxley Abbey swore by it.

Mitcheldean is also home to the church of St Michael with nave and aisles built at varying times between the 13th and 15th century. Inside the church is a 15th century painting depicting the Last Judgement.


Features

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Location




O/S Ref: SO 6618

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Situated on the A4136, Huntley to Monmouth road.

  • Cinderford
  • Mitcheldean
  • Ross-on-Wye