The Forest of Dean.

Bygone Days

Bygone Days

Little Dean Hall.

Steeped in History and Legend from the Celtic Dawn to the 20th Century.

Littledean, more correctly Dean Hall, reflects 900 years of British architectural history. It has been the home of generations of Forest officials and Verderers and has been the scene of numerous historic incidents, both local and national, including violent attacks in the Civil War.

Rich in history, ghost and legend, this is the Forest's House - originally the home of the Dene family. They were Lords of Dene between c.1080-1327, when it was the Great Hall of the Manor of Dene, from which manor the lords and the Forest were named. The manor was held by the Saxons and Norman lords until 1155 for guarding the Forest of Dean.

The east wing, formerly the great hall, dates from the 13th Century and remarkably the lower half of the late Saxon hall survives below the 17th Century front. In the grounds are the even older remains of a huge Roman temple, believed to have been the cult shrine of Sabrina, goddess of the Severn. The Forest's oldest trees are here at Dean Hall, which stand as witness to this ancient place, the roots of the Dean's heritage.

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