Newland VillageGloucester
Gloucestershire GL16 8NL
 
 
 
 

Situated on a low flat-topped hill, on the east side of the River Wye and 3 miles (4.8 km) south-west of the Welsh town of Monmouth is the tiny village of Newland. It has a very unusual history; most settlements start with inhabitants populating an area before a church is built. At Newland, the church came before the people.

Although the village’s origins have been traced back to the reign of King Edward I (1272 to 1307), the church was founded around 1216.

It is this ancient Church of All Saints, Newland that attracts most visitors to this charming Gloucestershire village on the western edge of the Forest of Dean. This impressive church is known locally as ‘The Cathedral of the Forest”.

Church of All Saints
The church retains much of its 14th and 15th century architecture although it underwent restoration in the 19th century. It is flooded with light from many stained glass windows and is a treasure trove of 14th and 15th century stone effigies. It is famous for a 15th century brass depicting a freeminer. The Miner’s Brass has been adopted by the Forest of Dean as its official emblem.
 
The village clusters around the churchyard. In fact, the ancient market cross is just outside the church, well within the boundaries of the graveyard. The village shows no sign of the mining heritage that characterises so many of the Dean’s villages and towns. There are two rows of delightful old Almshouses, one set dating from Shakespeare’s time, and quite a few elegant Georgian buildings.
 
Newland has a long history of charitable institutions and service to the poor. This tiny village even founded a grammar school.
 
“A chantry school at Newland was established in 1445-6 under the will of Robert Greyndour, esq., and even after the confiscation of the chantry property in 1548 the school was continued until at least 1553-4. It was re-founded, or a new foundation made, with almhouses, by Edward Bell of Writtle, co. Essex, gent., who in his will dated 20 November 1576 (proved 18 Feb. 1576/7) left money "to builde up and fynishe the schole and Almos Houses by me begonne at Newlande".
 
Uncertainty about the endowment of the foundation gave rise to Chancery proceedings in 1603 and 1627 (1/1-4) in which his son Edward Bell of Newland offered and conveyed lands in Newland to trustees (5/22) to ensure a £20 income. Under an order of the Charity Commissioners in 1875 the school was removed from Newland to Coleford (8/11-19).” (The National Archives)
 
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The Ostrich Inn
The Ostrich Inn in the heart of Newland is the centre of village life. The pub is a free house with a reputation for serving well-kept Real Ales and excellent food.
 
The exact details of the pub’s heritage have been lost down the ages, but the thirteenth century building was originally constructed to house the workers who built the church opposite.
 
There is a lot to see and enjoy in Newland, so allow plenty of time to wander around, and then enjoy a little refreshment at the local pub. Opening hours 12:00-14:30.
 
Getting There
- By Car: From Monmouth - Follow the A466 towards Chepstow for 2 miles and at the village of Redbrook, turn left on to the forest road signed 2 miles to Newland
- By Car: From Chepstow  - Follow the A466 towards Monmouth for 14 miles and at the village of Redbrook, turn right on to the forest road signed 2 miles to Newland 
 
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