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Mitcheldean

Large and thriving community on the northern fringe of the Forest with old timbered houses, a fine church and an artisan brewery.

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.

During World War II a factory in Mitcheldean started to produce cine cameras.  This business was taken over by Rank and subsequently became Rank Xerox, employing over 5000 people in the late 20th century, the largest employer in the Forest.  Although the business has closed the site is still a large business park on the edge of the town which includes an artisan brewery. The old town hall includes the Xerox Museum.


Features

  • Towns and Villages

Location


Mitcheldean
Gloucestershire
GL17 0HN
O/S Ref: SO 6618

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Situated on the A4136, Huntley to Monmouth road.

  • Cinderford
  • Mitcheldean
  • Ross-on-Wye

Events


Mitcheldean Festival

17th July 2020 - 19th July 2020
More than just folk music

Held at Mitcheldean in or near Mitcheldean