Whitecroft

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Whitecroft
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Whitecroft is located in Gloucestershire
Whitecroft
Whitecroft
 Whitecroft shown within Gloucestershire
OS grid reference SO620062
District Forest of Dean
Shire county Gloucestershire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Lydney
Police Gloucestershire
Fire Gloucestershire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Forest of Dean
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England
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Coordinates: 51°45′14″N 2°33′05″W / 51.7540°N 2.5515°W / 51.7540; -2.5515

Whitecroft is a village in the Forest of Dean in west Gloucestershire, England. It is located in-between Bream and Yorkley. Whitecroft comes under the postal district of Lydney.

The village has 2 pubs – The Miners Arms and The Royal Oak. Both provide food, drink and accommodation. Whitecroft railway station, part of the Dean Forest Railway, is near the Miners Arms and the village shop (formerly the Post Office).

History[edit]

Whitecroft Memorial Hall

Cottages are recorded at Whitecroft in the 1780s.[1] A chapel at Whitecroft dates from 1824.[1] By 1834 terraces containing 30 cottages had been built on either side of the Severn & Wye tramroad (later railway) for employees in the Parkend collieries – they were demolished in the 20th century.[1] In 1841 there were three beerhouses at Whitecroft – one of which has become the Miners' Arms inn.[2] Whitecroft has a memorial hall dating from 1924.[2] The village had a successful rugby club before the World War I and a male voice choir in the mid 20th century.[2] The village continued to expand throughout the 20th century when estates of private and council houses were built.[1]

In the early 17th century there were ironworks on Cannop brook at Whitecroft.[3] They remained in operation until the Crown sold them in 1674 for demolition, to preserve the woodland of the Forest.[3] Whitecroft had two corn mills in the early 19th century.[3] One of the mills, in the west part of Whitecroft remained in operation until 1970.[3] In the 19th century there were several coal mines in the area, including Park Gutter west of Whitecroft, and Princess Royal colliery between Whitecroft and Bream's Eaves.[3] There was a factory on the south side of Whitecroft in 1866, and other workshops and industrial sites developed in the 20th century.[1] On the Bream road several brick buildings put up in the early 20th century for Princess Royal colliery still survive.[1]

Whitecroft railway station opened in 1875 as part of the Severn and Wye Railway.[3] The station closed in 1929. It was re-opened to passengers on 25 May 2012 as part of the Dean Forest Railway.[4]

The former Whitecroft Methodist Chapel

Football Club[edit]

The club have currently have 3 teams competing in the North Gloucestershire Football League and play their home games at Grove Road, However the 3rd team play their home games at Lakers School. The club has enjoyed recent success in the cups and leagues over the years and have also seen the introduction of an under 15's team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Forest of Dean: Settlement, Victoria County History
  2. ^ a b c Forest of Dean: Social life, Victoria County History
  3. ^ a b c d e f Forest of Dean: Industry, Victoria County History
  4. ^ "Restored Whitecroft Railway Station officially opened". BBC News Gloucestershire. BBC. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Whitecroft at Wikimedia Commons