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Grid reference: SO587102
Location: 51°47’23"N, 2°35’56"W
Post town: Coleford
Postcode: GL16
Dialling code: 01594
Local Government
Council: Forest of Dean
Forest of Dean

Coalway is a village in the west of the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, approximately one mile south-east of the town of Coleford. The village is just south of the village of Broadwell.


An ancient route known in 1345 as the coal way ran north-westwards from the Forest boundary at Coalway Lane End and down Lord's hill to join the main road through Coleford east of Coller brook.[1] Known later as Coller Lane, it was used by travellers from the Purton passage on the River Severn in the later 17th century.[1]

Early building at Coalway was on or near the road between Coleford and Parkend, which was diverted southwards after it was turnpiked in 1796.[2] There was a beerhouse at Coalway by 1841, and this had expanded to three public houses by the late 1870s.[3] The last remaining of these is the The Crown Inn.[3] The Primitive Methodists built a chapel called "Pisgah" at Coalway in 1861.[4]

A recreation ground was laid out at Coalway in the later 1930s and a village hall was built on it in 1988.[3] A school opened in 1966 when Coalway Infants School opened; this was followed by Coalway Junior school in 1977.[5]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Coleford, Victoria County History
  2. Forest of Dean: Settlement, Victoria County History
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Forest of Dean: Social life, Victoria County History
  4. Forest of Dean: Protestant nonconformity, Victoria County History
  5. Forest of Dean: Education, Victoria County History
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