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Councillor accuses authority of 'autocracy' News The Forester 14 hours ago Cllr Vaughan, who continues to represent Lydney East on the Forest of Dean District Council, decided to quit last week and publically said she could not continue when I come up against continous negativity Motorcyclist is found dead by a cyclist in Gloucestershire as police launch investigation 2 days ago Redmarley is north of Newent, near the M50 and A Anyone with infomation is asked to call Gloucestershire Constabulary on quoting incident of November Worst rated restaurants in your area For food hygiene ratings near you enter your postcode.

Car overturns on M50 near Newent - latest updates an hour ago Part of the M50 is blocked in Gloucestershire with reports of a car on its roof.

Elsewhere the M5 is back open after roadworks south of Gloucestershire closed the carriageway in both directions Which roads are gritted in Gloucestershire? All we know about the ice-busting lorries 2 days ago In Stroud the A46 is obviously a priority, and in Newent the B will be gritted too.

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Updates as A reopens after flooding, M5 lane closures and the latest travel news for Gloucestershire 12 days ago Diversions were taking drivers through the roads closer to Newent, via the B and onto the A40 at Highnam. Footage from Wednesday shows water levels rising and covering a large part of the Halloween: The 25 Most Haunted tourist destinations in Gloucestershire 13 days ago Much Marcle At Much Marcle, just across the county border north of Newent, one young naval officer was so scared when he stayed at an old Jacobean house he packed his bags and left the next morning Pauntley Spa The hard and impervious nature of the Triassic New Red Sandstone on which Pauntley parish lies produces water from joints and fissures in the rock.

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Cirencester: Samuel Rudder. OK Learn more. Among Newent inhabitants who have achieved a more than local reputation was Timothy Nourse d. The composer Rutland Boughton — , who enjoyed success with The Immortal Hour and other works in the s, lived in his later years on a smallholding at Kilcot.

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Robert 'Joe' Meek —67 , who was born in Newent town, became known in the field of popular music for introducing experimental techniques to record production. In the late Middle Ages the town had numerous small alehouses, usually kept by women or as a sideline by minor tradesmen.

Recorded from , fn. Among other public houses in the town, the Bull on the corner of Church Street and the market place had opened by fn. In the rural parts of the parish there were only a few public houses, though some of the hamlets no doubt had unnamed and unrecorded ale- or ciderhouses. In Kilcot an inn called the Welsh Harp had opened on the Ross road 2 km west of the town by A house standing by Gorsley ford, where the Ross road in its original course crossed the Ell brook, was known as Dun Cow and may have been an inn; it was burnt down before A public house called the Plough, to the north of Clifford's Mesne on the Newent road, was open for a short period in the late 19th century.

Until the late 19th century the public houses provided the main meeting places in the town, among other things for its friendly societies: one met at the Bull in and another at the Red Lion in Concerts of secular music at the chief inns appear to have been fairly frequent events in the late 18th century and early 19th. In a musical festival included concerts at the George and at the parish church.


An organ was acquired as early as , fn. From an institution known as the Newent or Albion club occupied Albion House adjoining the market place where there were reading rooms and a billiard room; the premises, and presumably with it the club, closed in In the hall was being used as a cinema and on some evenings for amateur dramatics; the cinema, called the Plaza, fn. The school building at Clifford's Mesne was used as a village hall after the school's closure in , and that at Gorsley served as a church hall from until replaced in the early s by a room added to the church building.

In Andrew Knowles of Newent Court gave land on the west side of Watery Lane to the parish council for use as a recreation ground, and in his trustees gave other land which enlarged the ground to 7 a. A cricket team had been formed at Newent by Some of those clubs were defunct by the s, when there was a lack of sporting facilities. In the early 20th century the wild daffodils which flower in and around Newent attracted visitors to the area each spring.

Special trains were laid on from Gloucester, and the flowers were gathered by local schoolchildren and sent by rail to London hospitals. In the late 18th century Thomas Richardson, a Newent doctor, promoted the drinking of water from a spring fn. The Newent almshouses, a row of small dwellings on the east side of New Street, originated in the gift by Giles Nanfan of Birtsmorton Worcs.

The deed of Nanfan's gift had been lost by when his grandson John Nanfan confirmed it to a group of trustees, including the vicar, churchwardens, and town bailiff. In Randall Dobyns of Walden Court gave a half burgage adjoining the almshouses for the same purpose, fn.

Newent - Social History

In the almshouses formed eight dwellings. Despite the trustees' wish to transfer management to the new parish council fn. In the course of the 17th and early 18th century 20 different parishioners, including members of the Nourse, Rogers, and Pauncefoot landowning families and two of the vicars, Thomas Avenant and John Craister, gave bequests for the poor of Newent parish in the form of cash, small parcels of land, or rent charges.