Forest of Dean District

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Forest of Dean District
Forest of Dean shown within Gloucestershire
Forest of Dean shown within Gloucestershire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth West England
Non-metropolitan countyGloucestershire
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQColeford
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyForest of Dean District Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Conservative (council NOC))
 • MPsMark Harper
 • Total203.2 sq mi (526.4 km2)
Area rank87th (of 317)
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total86,791
 • Rank281st (of 317)
 • Density430/sq mi (160/km2)
 • Ethnicity
99.1% White
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code23UD (ONS)
E07000080 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSO6206309601

Forest of Dean is a local government district in Gloucestershire, England, named after the Forest of Dean. Its council is based in Coleford. Other towns and villages in the district include Blakeney, Cinderford, Drybrook, English Bicknor, Huntley, Littledean, Longhope, Lea, Lydbrook, Lydney, Mitcheldean, Newnham and Newent.[1][2]

The district was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, as a merger of the East Dean Rural District, Lydney Rural District, Newent Rural District and West Dean Rural District, and from Gloucester Rural District the parishes of Newnham and Westbury-on-Severn.[3]

Parishes and settlements[edit]


  1. ^ "Forest of Dean Parish Map" (PDF). Gloucestershire County Council. Archived (PDF) from the original on 25 August 2020. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Administrative unit Forest of Dean District District/Unitary Authority". A Vision of Britain. Archived from the original on 9 July 2020. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Forest of Dean: Local government and public services Pages 377-381 A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 5, Bledisloe Hundred, St. Briavels Hundred, the Forest of Dean". British History Online. Victoria County History. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2020.

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Coordinates: 51°47′N 2°33′W / 51.783°N 2.550°W / 51.783; -2.550