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Bream, Gloucestershire: OS Grid Reference(360500,205500)
University of Leeds
Ellis, Stanley (b.1926
Cook, Frank (b.1885, male, retired miner)
Frank talks about pasturing and mining rights in the Forest of Dean. He recalls miners' demonstrations and describes the lack of welfare and how families overcame economic hardship. Woolaston (to the southwest of Bream), St Briavels (just to the southwest) and Yorkley (just to the east) are nearby villages and Cinderford a town to the northeast. Richard Stafford Cripps (1899-1952) was a prominent member of the political left wing in Britain in the 1930s and subsequently served in the post-war Labour government. The Speech House was built in Coleford (just to the north of Bream) in1676. It originally served as a hunting lodge for Charles II, but soon became the administrative centre for the Forest of Dean. It is now a conference centre and luxury hotel and the Verderer’s Court is still held there every forty days when matters concerning the forest are discussed.