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Mitcheldean
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Church of St Michael and All Angels, Mitcheldean
Population 2,783 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference SO663185
District
  • Forest of Dean
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Mitcheldean
Postcode district GL17
Police Gloucestershire
Fire Gloucestershire
Ambulance Great Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
  • Forest of Dean
List of places
UK
England
GloucestershireCoordinates: 51°51′53″N 2°29′25″W / 51.8646°N 2.4904°W / 51.8646; -2.4904

Mitcheldean is a small town in the east of the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England.

History

Mitcheldean was a thriving community for many centuries due to the town's proximity to iron ore deposits. During the 19th century, the town grew due to revenues produced by the local brewing industry, while in the 20th century the town grew further due to the Rank Xerox photocopier factory. Although this industry significantly declined during the latter half of the 20th century, much of the former Rank Xerox site (now Vantage Point Business Village) is now occupied by small businesses, new manufacturing and distribution businesses.

Amenities

There are several shops in the centre of the town, a co-operative store, a butcher, a greengrocer, Several hairdressers, a pharmacy, a florist and several fast food outlets. There are also a library, a surgery, a town hall and two pubs.

Church of St Michael

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Monumental brass of wives of Sir Thomas Baynham(d.1499/1500), Church of St Michael, Mitcheldean

Mitcheldean's wealthy tradition is evident in some of its buildings in the town centre, particularly the church of St. Michael.

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