The Pludds

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The Pludds
Phone box and post box, The Pludds - - 1427591.jpg
Grid reference: SO617161
Location: 51°50’32"N, 2°33’26"W
Local Government
Council: Forest of Dean
Forest of Dean

The Pludds is a hamlet in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. Lydbrook and Joys Green lie to the west; Ruardean is to the north; and Ruardean Woodside is to the east. The Pludds has a village hall.[1]


The name of the hamlet derives from the Middle English word "pludde" or "plodde", meaning a pool or puddle.[2] The area was known as The Pludds by 1787 when a few houses are reported.[3] One of the oldest surviving houses, Pludds Court, dates from the late 18th or early 19th century.[3] Occasional building continued at the Pludds after 1840 and a beerhouse called the Royal Oak had opened by 1891.[3] In the late 19th and early 20th century there was a coal shaft known as "Pluds" just southwest of the hamlet, which formed part of the Lydbrook Colliery.[4]

The hamlet had shops, a beerhouse, a choral society, and a cricket club, but these had all been closed or been disbanded by 1990.[3] The village hall, built in 1975, continues in use.[3]


  1. YouTube video from "The Pludds Village Hall"
  2. A. H. Smith, (1965), The Place-names of Gloucestershire. Part IV, page 162. English Place-Name Society
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Forest of Dean: Settlement, Victoria County History
  4. Pluds, Forest of Dean Local History Society

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