Old Station, Tintern

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Culture and Heritage

We have a rich heritage of which we are rightly proud. The lower Wye Valley is considered by some to be both the birthplace of British tourism and also the birthpace of the industrial revolution. Foresters are very proud that they have some unique traditions such as freemining and that for 900 years their home was a Royal Forest.

Explore these pages and learn more of our culture and heritage.



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Family History

Gloucestershire Family History Society  If you are visiting Gloucestershire and wo...

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Famous People

Dennis Potter The playright Dennis Potter was born at Berry Hill, near Coleford in th...

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Fascinating Facts

It's never 11 o'clock in Littledean The 12th century parish in Littledean is ...

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The Battle of Agincourt

The Battle of Agincourt, on 25 October 1415, is one of the best-known events in British hi...

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The Industrial Revolution

At a cursory glance, the lower Wye Valley reveals a tranquil landscape of woodland, p...

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The Wye Tour

Visitors to the Wye Valley today are following in the footsteps of many an eighteenth cent...