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The Forest of Dean by H. G. Nicholls

A point on the Forest hills overlooking the town


"The

place of gaveler within the Forest of Dean is held by patent from the Crown, & by vertue of his office the gaveler hath a right to put a man to work in every coalwork or work for iron mine within the limitts of the Forest, or within any private person's property in the hundred of St Briavels (but not in any stone quarry that is belonging to Ld Berkeley). This right the gaveler never makes use of by setting his man to work in the mine pitt or coalwork, but lets it out to the partners of the work at such price as he can agree for, which is from twenty shillings to three pounds a work."

NOTES.

{2} It is absolutely certain that the stone may be made to oscillate: indeed one of the Hadnock woodmen states that when sufficient force is applied to it, at the proper point, you can even hear the gravel grinding underneath.

{4} A corruption, apparently, of the British word "crowll," meaning "caves."

{12} We must, however, remember, in calculating the price of labour in the middle ages, that the value of money was about fifteen times greater than at present; and the coins, which were of silver, were double their present weight.

{16} Of these lands the Rev. G. Ridout, the Vicar, has kindly furnished the following list:--

Acres Land near English Bicknor, 199 "Hoarthorns," containing ,, ,, Lydbrook ,, 21 ,, Ruardean ,, 13 ,, ,, ,, 81 ,, Flaxley, Little Dean ,, 94 ,, Abbenhall, "Loquiers" ,, 51 ,, Hope Mansel ,, 41 ,, Weston ,, 37 ,, Lea and Longhope ,, 90 ,, Lydney and Blackney ,, 329 ,, Paster, Nels, and 507 Whitecroft ,, ,, Ellwood ,, 134 ,, Whitemead ,, 220 ,, Bream ,, 213 ---- 2030

{18} See ante, p. 7 and 13.

{25} See post, p. 116.

{27} One of them, as a specimen, will be found in the Appendix No. II.

{85} The meat market there is reported to have been much injured long before this time, by the singular circumstance of a murderer, named Eli Hatton, having been gibbeted on Pingry Tump, a point on the Forest hills overlooking the town, the flies from the body being supposed to resort to the meat on the butchers' stalls. The body was cut down in the night time, but the stump of the gallows is yet remembered by old inhabitants as "Eli's Post," and as a spot to be avoided, especially at night.

{87} Mr. C. Meek, of the Morse, has ascertained that Lord Nelson spent the 20th, 21st, 22nd of August, 1802, at Rudhall House, near Ross.

{89} See page 79.

{95} Drawings of the mice were made and sent to Lord Glenbervie.

{111} Warren James was concealed in a coal-pit on Breem's Eaves, and was induced to come up by Thos. Watkins, who had the reward offered for his apprehension. With the exception of his conduct on this occasion, he was a man of good character, and a dutiful and affectionate son to an aged mother, who was supported by him.


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