The Pludds

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The Pludds
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The Pludds is located in Gloucestershire
The Pludds
The Pludds
The Pludds shown within Gloucestershire
OS grid reference SO617161
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GloucestershireCoordinates: 51°50′32″N 2°33′26″W / 51.84218°N 2.55734°W / 51.84218; -2.55734

The Pludds is a hamlet in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England (grid reference SO617161). Lydbrook and Joys Green are to the west, Ruardean is to the north, and Ruardean Woodside is to the east. The Pludds has a village hall.[1]


The name of the hamlet derives from the Middle English word "pludde" or "plodde", meaning a pool or puddle.[2] The area was known as The Pludds by 1787 when a few houses are reported.[3] One of the oldest surviving houses, Pludds Court, dates from the late 18th or early 19th century.[3] Occasional building continued at the Pludds after 1840 and a beerhouse called the Royal Oak had opened by 1891.[3] In the late 19th and early 20th century there was a coal shaft known as "Pluds" just southwest of the hamlet, which formed part of the Lydbrook Colliery.[4]

The hamlet had shops, a beerhouse, a choral society, and a cricket club, but these had all been closed or been disbanded by 1990.[3] The village hall, built in 1975, continues in use.[3]


  1. ^ YouTube video from "The Pludds Village Hall"
  2. ^ A. H. Smith, (1965), The Place-names of Gloucestershire. Part IV, page 162. English Place-Name Society
  3. ^ a b c d e Forest of Dean: Settlement, Victoria County History
  4. ^ Pluds, Forest of Dean Local History Society

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