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HistoryEdit

Mitcheldean was a thriving community for many centuries due to the town's proximity to iron ore deposits. During the 19th century, the town grew due to revenues produced by the local brewing industry.

Like several of the Forest of Dean villages, Mitcheldean was a close-knit community with individual traditions. One of these was the locally famous (or infamous) Mitcheldean Prize Brass Band. It is vividly remembered and described in a memoir by Arthur Bullock, a resident of nearby Longhope, whose father and brothers were in it. Recounting the band's exploits, he comments, 'I only wish I could have been privileged to hear the Mitcheldean Prize Brass Band play when all of the players were fully sober at the same time'. However, it is indeed sobering to read his further reflection that the band must have been 'killed off by the 1914-18 war'.[1]

In the 20th century the town grew further due to the Rank Xerox photocopier factory. Although this industry significantly declined during the latter half of the 20th century, much of the former Rank Xerox site (now Vantage Point Business Village) is now occupied by small businesses, new manufacturing and distribution businesses.

GovernanceEdit

The town is the most populous area of 'Mitcheldean and Drybrook' electoral ward. This ward starts in the north east at Mitcheldean and stretches south westerly to Drybrook. The total ward population taken at the 2011 census was 4,607.[2]

AmenitiesEdit

There are several shops in the centre of the town, a Co-operative store, a butcher. 2 hairdressers, a pharmacy, a florist and several fast food outlets. There is also a community library, a doctor's surgery, a town hall, two pubs and a Brewery bar/pub in the Mews.

Church of St MichaelEdit

 
Monumental brass of wives of Sir Thomas Baynham(d.1499/1500), Church of St Michael, Mitcheldean

Mitcheldean's wealthy tradition is evident in some of its buildings in the town centre, particularly the church of St. Michael.

SchoolsEdit

The town has a secondary school, Dene Magna Community School, which has performed consistently well since 1995. The school does not have a sixth form, although provides A-levels at GlosCol in Cinderford. The other options for Year 12 students are GlosCol I'm Gloucester, Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre in Newent, John Kyrle School in Ross on Wye or one of the grammar school-based sixth forms in Gloucester. As well as a secondary school, Mitcheldean has a primary school of about 250 children.

Sport - FootballEdit

Mitcheldean has 2 men's teams. The first team competes in the North Glos 1st division. The club also has a Ladies team.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bullock, Arthur (2009). Gloucestershire Between the Wars: A Memoir. The History Press. ISBN 978-0-7524-4793-3. Pages 27-30.
  2. ^ "Mitcheldean and Drybrook ward 2011". Retrieved 27 March 2015.

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