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All Saints Church Newland, traditionally and affectionately known as The Cathedral of the Forest, dates back to the early 1200s.
The Church is open daily from 8 – 5pm and is free to visit although donations are encouraged.
Whilst visiting why not take time to have a picnic in the church yard or if the weather is not favourable there is seating in the porch. All we ask in return is that you take your rubbish home.
A children’s play area within the church can give some time for you to view the artefacts and history. There is also a leaflet describing a treasure hunt which older children may be interested in.
A spiritual walk leaflet and information boards throughout the church will give you an insight into the history of this magnificent building. The church is well known for its tombs and carvings as well as its stained glass.
The village of Newland did not exist before the clearing was made in the Forest and the church built. King John appointed Robert of Wakering as first Rector in 1216. It has had significant changes since then and much restoration. The original, rather smaller, building was expanded during the next two hundred years to the size and shape of the present church. A further major restoration took place in the 1860s.
The church contains the Miner's Brass, just one foot high, which depicts a helmet, crest and figure of a mediaeval miner of the Forest of Dean with a hod and pick in his hand and candlestick in his mouth, a symbol which has been used throughout the Forest of Dean.
All Saints contains several effigies including that of Sir John and Lady Joyce of Clearwell who died in 1344 and 1362 respectively, and an effigy of John/Jenkin Wyrall, Forester of Fee (died 1457), which shows details of the hunting costume of that period: 'By being the Forester of Fee John Wyrall held an important position in the government of the Forest of Dean, this position meant that he was the official in overall charge of the Forest.'
Come and take some time to visit enjoy the space and peace and quiet – it really is quite special
Please have a look at the website for further details with regard to the history of the church and also of any upcoming events/plays/concerts.
There is limited on road parking. Dogs are welcome but please do not let them leave deposits.
The church is situated in the centre of Newland and opposite the church is the popular 13th century country pub The Ostrich Inn, and there are beautiful views and walks all around including along the Valley Brook and down to the River Wye. Please refer to local guide books for circular walks from Newland.
- Assistance dogs welcome
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
Booking & Payment Details
- Free Entry
- Children welcome
- Smoking not allowed
* The Church is open all year round from 8am to 5pm. These times may change and are a guide only
This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.