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FRIENDS OF THE CATHEDRAL OF THE FOREST

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ABOUT ALL SAINTS NEWLAND

All Saints Church at Newland, traditionally and affectionately known as the 'Cathedral of the Forest', dates back to the early 1200s and was built before the village of Newland came into existence. 


King John appointed Robert of Wakering as first Rector in 1216 and was charged with developing the parish of Newland. The original, probably rather small, building was greatly expanded in the 14th and 15th centuries including the chantry chapel donated by Edward I in 1305. A major restoration in the 1860s widened the chancel arch and slightly raised the roof of the nave, the evidence of which is still visible today.

Inside this beautiful church there are many notable elements encapsulating its 800 year old history; medieval floor tiles, 17th century floor tombs, several monuments and effigies including one to Robert de Wakering. The original Miners Brass, a symbol of the Royal Forest of Dean can also be seen, along with intricate tapestries by renowned 20th century ecclesiastical artist Beryl Dean.

The Work of The Friends

The Friends of The Cathedral of the Forest was founded as a charity some 17 years ago by a group of people keen to support those responsible for the care and maintenance of the church and its grounds. 

Today, the Friends continue to work to preserve and enhance the fabric of the church and maintain the grounds, raising money from charitable sources, donations and with vital community support. If you would like to help the Friends in our efforts there are a number of ways to do this. The church has a contactless terminal for one-off donations.


As a Supporter, you can make an annual or regular monthly donation to support the cost of grass-cutting. Please contact our Treasurer, ali.turner@craigdam.com to become a supporter or discuss making a donation.

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CONTACT FRIENDS OF THE CATHEDRAL OF THE FOREST

The Church is open daily from 7am to 5pm and visitors are welcome.

Get in touch with Friends of the Cathedral of the Forest to learn more about our work and becoming a member of the friends.

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