Bream, Gloucestershire

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Bream is located in Gloucestershire
Bream shown within Gloucestershire
Population 3,171 
OS grid reference SO604059
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LYDNEY
Postcode district GL15
Dialling code 01594
Police Gloucestershire
Fire Gloucestershire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
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51°44′59″N 2°34′26″W / 51.7498°N 2.5740°W / 51.7498; -2.5740Coordinates: 51°44′59″N 2°34′26″W / 51.7498°N 2.5740°W / 51.7498; -2.5740

Bream (historically known as Breem) is a village in the Forest of Dean, west Gloucestershire, England. The population was around 3,170 in the 2011 census.[1]


An electoral ward in the same name exists. Its area and total population are the same as quoted above.


Human activity at Bream dates back to the Iron Age, when iron ore was being mined in the local area.

The first dwellings in Bream were recorded in 1452.[2] In 1505, the St. James' church, Bream or St. James chapel as it was then known, was built. In 1712, the population of Bream was 300.

In 1822, the church was reconstructed.[2][3]

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.[4]


Bream has a rugby union team with rugby pitches and members bar, and a cricket club with pitches and members bar.

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ Neighbourhood Statistics. "Check Browser Settings". Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  2. ^ a b Bream Chronology
  3. ^ Bream Church history
  4. ^ Bream Village
  5. ^ a b "Bream characters of Yesteryear". 31 December 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 

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