Royal Forest of Dean Boundary Stones

Creative Commons License Text by Mr Red, October 2022 ; This work is dedicated to the Public Domain.
Images are under a separate Creative Commons Licence.


The Forest of Dean is wrongly used as a generic title for a vast swathe of Gloucestershire to the West of the Severn, but to "Foresters" it is a specific area where "rights in common" accrue. Grazing of sheep is one, and for those born within the "Briavel Hundred" can claim to be a "free miner" providing they also work down a mine for a year and a day. The "Forest" is also known as the "Royal Forest of Dean" and was, in 1832 defined by several hundred boundary stones some of which still survive. In the 21ˢᵗ C, modern stones are being placed for those that did not survive the weather &/or road and housing developments. Some stones are on private land but most modern ones are at the roadside, where plastic bollards also serve to mark the boundary. For an interactive map of Gloucestershire Boundary Stones, focussing on FoD, see LinkExternal link

the "Royal Forest" website ( LinkExternal link ) has a map which shows the "Forest" looking bigger than the extent of the boundary stones see LinkExternal link

Images of stones found so far:
Nᴼ.2 SO6712 : Boundary Stone, Grange by Mr Red & Nᴼ.3 SO6711 : Boundary Stone, Blaise Bailey by Mr Red & Nᴼ.4 SO6711 : Old Boundary Stone, Grange by Mr Red & Nᴼ.13 SO6607 : Boundary Stone, Loiterpin, Forest of Dean by Mr Red
& Nᴼ.15 SO6607 : Modern Boundary Stone, Loiterpin, Blakeney Hill by Mr Red & Nᴼ.17 SO6607 : Boundary Stone, Loiterpin, Blakeney Hill by Mr Red & Nᴼ.18 SO6606 : Modern Boundary Stone, Blakeney by Mr Red & Nᴼ.22 SO6606 : Boundary Stone, Pollard's Lane, Blakeney by Mr Red
& Nᴼ.23 SO6606 : Boundary Marker, Pollard's Lane, Blakeney by Mr Red & Nᴼ.25 SO6606 : Old Boundary Stone, Viney Hill by Mr Red & Nᴼ.26 SO6606 : Modern Boundary Stone, Viney Hill by Mr Red & Nᴼ.72 SO5709 : Modern Boundary Stone, Milkwall by Mr Red
& Nᴼ.73 SO5709 : Modern Boundary Stone, Milkwall by Mr Red & Nᴼ.74 SO5809 : Modern Boundary Stone, Milkwall by Mr Red & Nᴼ.75 SO5809 : Modern Boundary Stone, Milkwall by Mr Red & Nᴼ.97 SO5613 : Old Boundary Stone, Berry Hill by Mr Red
& Nᴼ.102 SO5713 : Modern Boundary Stone, Berry Hill by Mr Red & Nᴼ.116 SO6116 : Modern Boundary Stone, Ruardean by Mr Red & Nᴼ.118 SO6116 : Modern Boundary Stone, The Pludds by Mr Red & Nᴼ.121 SO6216 : Boundary Stone, Ruardean by Mr Red
& Nᴼ.180 SO6518 : Old Boundary Stone, Mitcheldean by Mr Red & Nᴼ.181 SO6518 : Modern Boundary Stone, Mitcheldean by Mr Red & Nᴼ.202 SO6814 : Old Boundary Stone, Littledean by Mr Red & Nᴼ.204 SO6713 : Boundary Stone, Denton's Corner by Mr Red
& Nᴼ.209 SO6614 : Old Boundary Stone, Littledean Hill by Mr Red & Nᴼ.210 SO6614 : Boundary Stone, Littledean Hill by Mr Red & Nᴼ.211 SO6614 : Boundary Stone, Cinderford by Mr Red & Nᴼ.212 SO6614 : Boundary Stone, Cinderford by Mr Red
& Nᴼ.213 SO6514 : Boundary Stone, Cinderford by Mr Red & Nᴼ.214 SO6513 : Boundary Stone, Cinderford by Mr Red & Nᴼ.218 SO6612 : Old Boundary Stone, Blaise Bailey by Mr Red
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