Bream shown within Gloucestershire
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South West England|
|UK Parliament||Forest of Dean|
The main employment in the village in the past was coal mining, farming, and forestry. Today with the mines closed, there is very little employment now in the village, although there are three garages and several shops. Bream is one of the largest villages in the Forest of Dean District with a population of 2,600 in January 2000. It is just one of a number of settlements which make up the Forest Ring of settlements on the fringes of the statutory Royal Forest. Positioned on the southern edge of the forest core between the towns of Lydney and Coleford, the village is set on a ridge of high ground, falling away on three sides.
- Wayne Barnes (born 1979) - International rugby union referee. Lived in Bream and played for Bream Rugby Club.
- Warren James (1792–1841) - Miners' leader who led the Foresters to action against the Crown, in 1831. Lived in Bream.
- Ron Moore - rugby union (RU) and rugby league (RL) footballer of the 1930s for Bream RFC (RU), Wakefield Trinity, and Bramley lived in Bream.
- William "Billy" Stone - rugby union (RU) and rugby league (RL) footballer of the 1910s and '20s for Bream RFC (RU), Great Britain (RL), England, and Hull lived in Bream.
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