The Forest of Dean.

Bygone Days

Bygone Days

The Nail Makers of Littledean.

Littledean was once a place of nail makers. The locally produced iron was hammered into nails for horse shoes etc. by the cottagers, working in their own homes. Silver Street, the road leading out of the village towards Newnham on Severn, was lived in almost exclusively by those engaged in the trade of nail making. The advent of machinery killed that, amongst other local industries.

There was for centuries a market house in the town, as it was then, and two fairs were held annually, one on Whit-Monday and another on November 28th.

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