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Church of St Michael and All Angels, Mitcheldean
Mitcheldean is located in Gloucestershire
Population 2,783 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference SO663185
  • Forest of Dean
Shire county
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
51°51′53″N 2°29′25″W / 51.8646°N 2.4904°W / 51.8646; -2.4904Coordinates: 51°51′53″N 2°29′25″W / 51.8646°N 2.4904°W / 51.8646; -2.4904

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


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.


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

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.

Sport - Football

Mitcheldean has 2 mens team. The team competes in the North Gloucestershire Association Football League. The club also has a Ladies team and a thriving youth section


Mitcheldean is served by buses 24/24a, 25, 33 and 746, which give it regular connections to Hereford, Gloucester, Cinderford, Coleford, Ross-on-Wye, Lydney and Chepstow. Mitcheldean was served by Mitcheldean Road railway station on the former Hereford, Ross and Gloucester Railway until its closure in 1964. The station was quite a distance from the town – almost two miles away in Lea, Herefordshire. The nearest station was actually Longhope railway station in the neighboring village of Longhope. Today, the nearest railway station is Gloucester railway station and, further afield, Ledbury railway station.

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