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Towns and Villages in or near Parkend


A pleasant and thriving small village in the heart of the Forest. Once a thriving coal mining centre, the village is now a peaceful backwater surrounded by woodlands, one of which is the RSPB Nagshead Nature Reserve. There are delightful village pubs, and a cricket pitch right in the centre of the village, ideal for spending a lazy summer's afternoon.

An impressive village building is the Dean Field Study Centre which is owned by Bristol City Education Authority and is used by visiting schoolchildren from that city, this building was the original engine house of the ironworks which was later converted by the Forestry Commission into a Forestry School whose students came from across the world to study. The coke furnace at the Ironworks had a 15m (50 ft) waterwheel and two of the storage ponds to power the wheel have since been turned into a local beauty spot - Cannop Ponds.

There are many places of interest in Parkend including the octagonal shaped parish church, built in 1822 and dedicated to St Paul; the Memorial Hall which was built in 1919 in memory of those killed in the first World War, plus Parkend County Primary School, built in 1822. At this school, there is a impressive Gothic style window frame, which has been replaced several times during the history of the school.

The village also has two inns, popular guest houses, plus some self-catering accommodation. The Parkend Carnival on August Bank Holiday Monday is renowned throughout the Forest and surrounding towns and villages as being the biggest and best for miles around. In the summer regular Sunday car boot sales are held on the recreation field, the profits from which goes to support the memorial hall.


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