A to Z of the Deanwye: B is for…

B is for…

The Dean Wye is renowned for small villages and towns. Read about Bream below:


Bream is a small village located between Lydney and Coleford and has a population of 3,100. At one time, Bream was reputed to be the largest village in Gloucestershire for sheep roaming. Sheep belong to commoner (also known as “Badgers”) who are allowed to roam their sheep within the statutory forest.

When visiting the Forest of Dean, you will be sure to see lots of sheep roaming around the forest and sometimes even in the roads. This is due to an ancient right bestowed upon foresters from Norman times. The right applies to people born within the Hundred of St. Briavels (effectively anywhere in the forest). The sheep keepers, known locally as “Sheep Badgers” simply turn their sheep out to graze. They are visited very regularly, and you may be fortunate to see one of the Badgers working with his sheepdogs.


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