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Ruardean, Gloucestershire

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Ruardean, Gloucestershire

Ruardean is a village in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England, to the west of Cinderford. It is situated on a hillside with views west towards the mountains of South Wales. Little now remains of the village's industrial history, but once it was a centre for iron ore smelting furnaces, forges and coal mines. The Norman castle, now little more than a mound, commanded the shortest route from Gloucester Castle to the Welsh Marches and the Wye Valley.
DistrictForest of Dean
Administrative CountyGloucestershire
Traditional CountyGloucestershire
OS GridSO6117
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityGloucestershire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityGloucestershire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityGloucestershire
Ambulance AuthorityGreat Western

Other names by which Ruardean, Gloucestershire has been known in the past

Rure Dean ~ Ruuirdin

Ruardean, Gloucestershire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Ruardean, par. and vil., Gloucestershire, 6 miles NW. of Newnham, 1593 ac., pop. 1295; P.O.; has ruins of ancient castle.

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