East Dean, Gloucestershire

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East Dean was one of the two civil parishes, along with West Dean, covering the formerly extra-parochial area of the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. It was created as a township in 1844 and abolished as a civil parish in 1953.

The Forest of Dean was an extra-parochial area in the St Briavels Hundred of Gloucestershire. It was without the usual parish structure until the West Dean and East Dean townships were formed in 1844.[1] For poor relief, East Dean was grouped into the Westbury-on-Severn Poor Law Union and was included in the Westbury-on-Severn rural sanitary district.[1]

The population of the parish was as follows:[2]

Year 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921 1931 1941 1951
Population 12,629 14,622 14,588 14,594 15,010 14,678 WW2[3] 14,152

In 1935 a new civil parish of Lydbrook was created from part of its area.

The civil parish was abolished in 1953 and split to create the new parishes of Cinderford, Drybrook and Ruspidge. Part of the former area was transferred to the existing parishes of Awre, Littledean and Mitcheldean.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Youngs, Frederic (1979). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England. I: Southern England. London: Royal Historical Society. ISBN 0-901050-67-9. 
  2. Great Britain Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, East Dean (parish) population. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
  3. The census was suspended for World War II

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