Clements End Green. (General)

by Jefff @, West London, Middlesex, Saturday, April 27, 2013, 16:08 (2499 days ago) @ ChrisW

Hi Rachel and welcome to this great website and forum.

Clements End Green is a place, not a house. In the Forest a "Green" is a flattish grassy area or clearing, not wooded, probably called a Common elsewhere. Clements End is one of several very small hamlets just south of Coleford and west of Parkend which was an industrial hotbed of mines & metalworking in Victorian times. I suspect it was named after one of the first families to have built a cottage and settled there. From the definitive History of the area;

"North-west of Bream a few, mainly industrial, buildings were put up from the 1840s in the Oakwood valley near an ancient corn mill in a detached part of Newland parish. Further west at Clements End, near the south-western boundary of the Forest, there were several groups of scattered cottages by 1787. One group, in the areas known in the 1820s as Clements Tump and Cleverend Green, comprised six cottages in 1834 and was represented by the 16 houses recorded at 'Elwall in 1851. It included a nonconformist chapel from 1869. To the north-west there were ten cottages on Clements End green in 1834 and among later buildings there one, in 1878 a beerhouse, was the Montague inn in 1992. By 1787 there were also a few dwellings north-east of Clements End at Little Drybrook, in a secluded valley below an old farmhouse (later Ellwood Lodge) in an adjoining detached part of Newland. The hamlet comprised six cottages in 1834, among them a two-storeyed dwelling dated 1805 with the initials of William Taylor, a quarry owner, and his wife Hannah. Building had also begun in the Marsh Lane area, to the north-west, by 1787. There 11 cottages were scattered along the lane, which ran northwards to Ellwood, in 1834 and a few more were erected later in the century."

From: 'Forest of Dean: Settlement', A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 5: Bledisloe Hundred, St. Briavels Hundred, The Forest of Dean (1996), pp. 300-325.

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Date accessed: 27 April 2013.

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