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Things to do in Cinderford, Gloucestershire

The town at the heart of the Forest of Dean. Cinderford grew up at the point where the Littledean to Coleford Road crossed Bideford Brook (known also as Cinderford or Soudley Brook). The name Cinderford - spelled 'Synderford' - dates back to 1258.

It is believed that iron ore has been mined and smelted in the area since the time of the Normans. The river ford which gave the town its name, was replaced by a bridge in 1674, when post Civil War improvements were made to the town.

Drybrook, near Cinderford is home to the Forest of Dean Mechanical Organ Museum. At Soudley near Cinderford you can visit the Dean Heritage Centre.

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