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Grid reference: SO621175
Location: 51°51’15"N, 2°32’59"W
Population: 3,052  (2011)
Post town: Drybrook
Postcode: GL17
Dialling code: 01594
Local Government
Council: Forest of Dean
Forest of Dean

Drybrook is a village and civil parish in the Forest of Dean in west Gloucestershire It lies near the middle of the Royal Forest, about three miles from Cinderford, and about two miles from Mitcheldean.


The village has a range of amenities, including a butcher, chemist, general stores, hairdresser, post office, fish and chips shop, builders' merchant, doctors' surgery, nursery school, primary school, two garages, public house, off-licence, and a bus service to Gloucester and surrounding areas.

The nearest secondary school is Dene Magna School, which is in Mitcheldean. Drybrook is also renowned for its rugby club, which is at the top of the High Street, and it also has a football club on Harrow Hill. Among the villages in the Forest of Dean, Drybrook has been voted one of the best villages to live in, for its scenery and leisure. There are about 3,000 people living in Drybrook.

Royal Forest

Drybrook is also known as a royal hunting ground, where the white deer, and, according to legend a black panther roamed. Drybrook also had a good supply of coal and stone. As Drybrook grew, so did its boundary, and it grew to include a small village called Harrow Hill. The village's first modern church, The Holy Trinity Church, was built on Harrow Hill in 1817. The church's location is on the way to Mitcheldean.

Mechanical Organ Museum

The Mechanical Organ Museum is situated at the north end of the village, on the road to Lea and Ross-on-Wye. It has been called "a unique collection of mechanical music spanning the last 150 years, hidden away on the edge of the Forest of Dean. Mechanical organs, polyphons, pianola, automatic piano, electric organs & musical boxes".

Outside links

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about Drybrook)