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Coalway is located in Gloucestershire
Coalway shown within Gloucestershire
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Country England
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51°47′23″N 2°35′56″W / 51.78973°N 2.59902°W / 51.78973; -2.59902Coordinates: 51°47′23″N 2°35′56″W / 51.78973°N 2.59902°W / 51.78973; -2.59902

Coalway is a village in the West Forest of Dean region of Gloucestershire, England, approximately one mile south-east of the town of Coleford. The village is just south of the village of Broadwell.


An ancient route known in 1345 as the coal way ran north-westwards from the Forest boundary at Coalway Lane End and down Lord's hill to join the main road through Coleford east of Coller brook.[1] Known later as Coller Lane, it was used by travellers from the Purton passage on the River Severn in the later 17th century.[1]

Early building at Coalway was on or near the road between Coleford and Parkend, which was diverted southwards after it was turnpiked in 1796.[2] There was a beerhouse at Coalway by 1841, and this had expanded to three public houses by the late 1870s.[3] The last remaining of these is the The Crown Inn.[3] The Primitive Methodists built a chapel called "Pisgah" at Coalway in 1861.[4]

A recreation ground was laid out at Coalway in the later 1930s and a village hall was built on it in 1988.[3] A school opened in 1966 when Coalway Infants School opened; this was followed by Coalway Junior school in 1977.[5]


  1. ^ a b Coleford, Victoria County History
  2. ^ Forest of Dean: Settlement, Victoria County History
  3. ^ a b c Forest of Dean: Social life, Victoria County History
  4. ^ Forest of Dean: Protestant nonconformity, Victoria County History
  5. ^ Forest of Dean: Education, Victoria County History

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