Abenhall is a tiny, ancient village in a secluded quiet valley near Mitcheldean. The parish includes the settlement of Plump Hill, on the Mitcheldean to Cinderford Road as it climbs into the high Forest.
Once part of the Westbury Hundred (which was known as Dene at the time of the 1086 Doomsday book) Abenhall is on the Flaxley to Mitcheldean Road. Originally a mining and iron making centre, it is notable for its 14th century Church of St Michael, which is built of local red sandstone and has excellent contemporary carvings relating to the Forest of Dean's industries. These include a shield bearing the arms of the Freeminers on the west wall and the fabulous mid -15th century octagonal font, that has tools of miners and metalworkers incised on its St Michaels at Abenhall sides.
St. Michael's Church - originally built as a chapel of ease, the church was expanded in the 14th century to include nave, south aisle and tower. The arms of the Freeminers can be seen on the south side of the tower and on the 18th century font. St. Michael's Church - Abenhall is 1.5 km south of Mitcheldean and is set in beautiful surroundings on the edge of the Forest. Old Parish baptism, marriage and burial registers, from 1596, are stored at the Gloucestershire Record Office. For more information, please call us on the number shown, or click in the header of any page to email Abenhallfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo from Featured Project near Abenhall
We're on the move!
From August the 1st, The Village Websmith will have a new address. We are moving into the Old Police Station in the beautiful town of Tintern, about five minutes walk from the incredible and historic Tintern Abbey. Our new address is:
This move is particularly exciting as it will give us not only more space, but also a high street shop front to welcome customers new and old. Examples of our work will be on display in the window and visitors will be more than welcome. Because we are not there all the time, it would be good to give us a call before dropping in. As Tintern is a great place for holidays, you could combine business and pleasure, stay in one of the many good hotels or guest houses here and enjoy the forest, river Wye and of course, the Abbey.
The photograph shows the view from our office window across the River Wye to the hills and fields. It's a tough job working in such surroundings, but somebody has to do it…