Dean, Little (St. Ethelbert)

DEAN, LITTLE (St. Ethelbert), a parish, in the union of Westbury, hundred of St. Briavell's, W. division of the county of Gloucester, 1¾ mile (N. W. by N.) from Newnham; containing 828 inhabitants. The village is situated on the verge of the Forest of Dean, and in its vicinity are considerable mines of coal and iron, in which, and in the manufacture of nails, the inhabitants are principally employed. It had formerly the privilege of a market, and the market-cross is still standing, having a low octangular roof spreading from a central shaft, and surmounted by a pinnacle with niches and statues. Fairs for pedlery are held on Whit-Monday and November 26th. Here is a house of correction. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of the trustees of St. Bartholomew's Hospital, Gloucester: the tithes have been commuted for £115.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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