St Briavels

Extract from Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England, 1831.
Transcribed by Mel Lockie, © Copyright 2010
Lewis Topographical Dictionaries

BRIAVELL'S (ST.), a parish in the hundred of St-BRIAVELLS, county of GLOUCESTER, 8 miles (W. by S.) from Blakeney, containing 1112 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Lidney, in the archdeaconry of Hereford, and diocese of Gloucester. The church is a small cruciform edifice, principally in the Norman and early English styles of architecture. This is a place of considerable antiquity, having given name to the hundred. Milo, Earl of Hereford, built a castle here in the reign of Henry I., as a frontier fortress against the Welch: the north-western front, including two circular towers, now used as a prison for the hundred, is all that remains. It is nominally under the superintendence of a governor, whose office is a sinecure: the site of the original edifice is surrounded by a moat. Edward II. granted the inhabitants a charter for a weekly market, which has long been disused, and exempted them from the payment of toll throughout the kingdom: they still enjoy the right of cutting wood in the forest of Dean, which they form into hoops and other articles, and send to Bristol. There are several coal-works in the vicinity; and a court is held for regulating matters in dispute among the miners.

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