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St Briavels, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Briavels, St, a village and a parish in Gloucestershire. The village stands near Offa's Dyke and the river Wye, 2 miles ESE of Bigsweir station on the G.W.R., and 4¼ SSW of Coleford, under which it has a post, money order, and telegraph office. It formerly was a market-town, and was of importance as a defence-post against the Welsh. It was since very early times the seat of the government of the Forest of Dean, and the court leets are still held here. There is a reading-room and library. A castle was built in the time of Henry I. by Fitzwalter, Earl of Hereford; was enlarged and strengthened at several periods, and governed by distinguished peers from the reign of King John till that of George III. The entrance gateway, two round towers flanking the gateway, a long pile of building behind, and some interesting features in the interior, such as a turnspit's wheel and an ancient chimney-piece, still remain. Area of theo civil parish, 4796 acres; population, 1112; of the ecclesiastical, 578. The manor belongs to the Crown. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; net value, £133 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Hereford. The church is chiefly Norman and Early English, and has been restored in 1830, 1861, and 1882;. it contains a stone pulpit. There is a Congregational chapel.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyGloucestershire 
Ecclesiastical parishBriavell's St. 
HundredSt. Briavells 
Poor Law unionChepstow 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1660.

The Gloucestershire Parish Registers are available online at Ancestry, in association with Gloucestershire Archives.


Church of England

Iron Mission Chapel, Mork
St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary is a cruciform building of stone, in the Norman, Early English and later styles, consisting of chancel, transept, nave of five bays, with a clerestory on the south side, aisles, and an embattled tower, with pinnacles, containing 8 bells and a clock: in the chancel are some remains of a monument, with recumbent effigies, to William Warren, 1573, and Mariana (Catchmay), his wife: the tower, which originally stood at the intersection of the nave and transepts, was rebuilt in 1830 on the south side: the church was restored in 1861 at a cost of £2,000, and again in 1882 at a cost of £1,000: there are sittings for 500 persons.


Congregational Chapel


Wesleyan Chapel

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for St Briavels from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Gloucestershire is available to browse.


Online maps of St Briavels are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Gloucestershire online:

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of the county of Gloucester, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

DistrictForest of Dean
RegionSouth West
Postal districtGL15