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Church of St Michael and All Angels, Mitcheldean
Mitcheldean is located in Gloucestershire
Location within Gloucestershire
Population2,783 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSO663185
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMitcheldean
Postcode districtGL17
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°51′53″N 2°29′25″W / 51.8646°N 2.4904°W / 51.8646; -2.4904Coordinates: 51°51′53″N 2°29′25″W / 51.8646°N 2.4904°W / 51.8646; -2.4904

Mitcheldean is a small town in the east of the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England.


Mitcheldean was a thriving community for many centuries due to the town's proximity to iron ore deposits. During the 19th century, the town grew due to revenues produced by the local brewing industry.

Like several of the Forest of Dean villages, Mitcheldean was a close-knit community with individual traditions. One of these was the locally famous (or infamous) Mitcheldean Prize Brass Band. It is vividly remembered and described in a memoir by Arthur Bullock, a resident of nearby Longhope, whose father and brothers were in it. Recounting the band's exploits, he comments, 'I only wish I could have been privileged to hear the Mitcheldean Prize Brass Band play when all of the players were fully sober at the same time'. However, it is indeed sobering to read his further reflection that the band must have been 'killed off by the 1914-18 war'.[1]

In the 20th century the town grew further due to the Rank Xerox photocopier factory. Although this industry significantly declined during the latter half of the 20th century, much of the former Rank Xerox site (now Vantage Point Business Village) is now occupied by small businesses, new manufacturing and distribution businesses.


The town is the most populous area of 'Mitcheldean and Drybrook' electoral ward. This ward starts in the north east at Mitcheldean and stretches south westerly to Drybrook. The total ward population taken at the 2011 census was 4,607.[2]


There are several shops in the centre of the town, a co-operative store, a butcher, a greengrocer, Several hairdressers, a pharmacy, a florist and several fast food outlets. There are also a library, a surgery, a town hall and two pubs.

Church of St Michael[edit]

Monumental brass of wives of Sir Thomas Baynham(d.1499/1500), Church of St Michael, Mitcheldean

Mitcheldean's wealthy tradition is evident in some of its buildings in the town centre, particularly the church of St. Michael.


The town has a secondary school, Dene Magna Community School, which has performed consistently well since 1995. The school does not have a sixth form, so Year 12 students have to go to either the Royal Forest of Dean College near Coleford, Gloscat in Gloucester, Newent or one of the grammar school-based sixth forms in Gloucester or Ross on Wye. As well as a secondary school, Mitcheldean has a primary school of about 250 children.

Sport - Football[edit]

Mitcheldean has 2 men's teams. The first team competes in the North Glos 1st division. The club also has a Ladies team.


  1. ^ Bullock, Arthur (2009). Gloucestershire Between the Wars: A Memoir. The History Press. ISBN 978-0-7524-4793-3. Pages 27-30.
  2. ^ "Mitcheldean and Drybrook ward 2011". Retrieved 27 March 2015.

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