Free Miners of the Royal Forest of Dean and Hundred of St. Briavels
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Published by British Pub. Co in Gloucester .
Written in English


  • Miners of the Forrest of Dean.,
  • Saint Briavels, Eng. -- (Hundred) Monmouthshire.

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Edition Notes

StatementWith a foreword by F.W. Potto-Hicks.
ContributionsGloucestershire, Eng. Mine Law Court (Forest of Dean)
The Physical Object
Paginationxxi, 527 p. :
Number of Pages527
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL19825945M

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Get this from a library! The free miners of the Royal Forest of Dean and Hundred of St. Briavels. [Cyril Hart]. Through many vicissitudes, the free miners have enjoyed and held tenaciously to their customs and still practice them today. This book comprehensively records and discusses these customs and communicates the author's lifetime enthusiasm for and experience of the Forest of Dean and Hundred of St Briavels. The largest hundred in the Forest of Dean is St. Briavels hundred and its boundaries approximate to the Forest boundaries. The miners of the hundred of St. Briavels were expert bowman from hunting deer for the King as well as being good engineers and when they were called upon by King Edward (it is not clear whether this is Edward the 1st, 2nd. The Free Miners of The Royal Forest Of Dean. Coal has been mined by the free Miners of The Forest Of Dean for seven hundred years. Like miners in the rest of Britain, their days too seem numbered, if for somewhat different Forest Of Dean is located opposite Bristol, on the other side of the river Severn in Gloucestershire, astride the Welsh border.

The exact date by which these privileges were operating is not known but it is recorded in that Dean freeminers already had the exclusive right to mine in the Forest of Dean. To Become a Freeminer. To become registered as a Freeminer: A person must be born and live within the Hundred of St Briavels; Be over the age of 21 years. In , under the heading 'Forest of Dean', they were described as a separate hundred, and in the hundred was named as St. Briavels. (fn. 8) As a royal hundred with unusually full jurisdiction, it was sometimes called the liberty of St. Briavels in the late 13th century. Hart, Free Miners: C. E. Hart, Free Miners of the Royal Forest of Dean and Hundred of St. Briavels (Gloucester, ) Hart, Ind. Hist. of Dean: C. E. Hart, Industrial History of Dean (Newton Abbot, ) Hart, Royal Forest: C. E. Hart, Royal Forest: A History of Dean's Woods as Producers of Timber (Oxford, ) Hart, Verderers. The Hundred of St Briavels was established in the 12th century, at the same time as many Norman laws concerning the Forest of Dean were put in place. St Briavels Castle became the Forest's administrative and judicial centre. Verderers were appointed to act for the king and protect his royal rights, and local people were given some common rights.

  Being born in the Hundred of St. Briavels brings the right to be a freeminer, staking a claim to the forest’s minerals. Only such freeminers remain. [/caption] H eading north via Coleford, most roads lead to Dean’s most famous viewpoint, Symonds Yat Rock, towering some feet over a horseshoe bend in the River Wye. Today the Hundred of St. Briavels includes the statutory Forest of Dean and every parish touching the Forest border. Registration. Once a person matches the correct qualifications, they can apply to be registered in the Freeminers registration book, held by the Deputy Gaveller. Freemineris an ancient title given to coalor ironminers in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England, who have earned the right to mine personal plots, known as gales. History of Freemining. For hundreds of years, mining of the Forest of Dean Coalfieldand iron reserves has been regulated through a system of Freemining, with the Free Miner's Mine Law Court sitting at the Speech Housefrom Freeeminers of the Forest of Dean For years the Free Miners of the Royal Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, have mined coal but now their future is in doubt. It was the skill of their forefathers in tunnelling under castle fortifications that earned them the right, by Royal decree, to mine anywhere in the forest without hindrance.