Background - Dean.
Until the Fourteenth Century the Forest was indiscriminately known as Dene but
after that time Dean prevails.
The Forest, or Dene, is not mentioned in the Doomsday Book but there was a manor
of Dene held by Saxons for "guarding the forest". "Dene" denotes a wooded area in
which swine are fed, although others say it comes from the word "arden", meaning a
The manor was divided in the fourteenth century into Dean Parva (Littledean) and
Dean Magna (Mitcheldean).